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Old folks angry at pot thefts.

Byline: By Jessica Flynn South Wales Echo

Elderly residents at a nursing home have been left heartbroken after two expensive slate pots with trees in were stolen.

The handmade slate plant pots with bay trees were taken from the garden outside Romilly Nursing Home, Romilly Road, Canton, Cardiff, between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Owners of the nursing home, which has 76 staff and 54 residents, husband and wife Arun and Rita Patel, have just spent pounds 100,000 on the front of the building and garden.

'The work we've had done included having the stone cleaned and creating a nice garden for the people,' said Arun, 37.

'It's really disheartening to know we've done all this work and then someone comes along and steals things from the front.

'The pots were hand-made from Welsh slate. They were expensive but we wanted to create a good impression.

'They really set the garden off and the garden was a lovely place for residents to sit. Now when people look out of the window the trees are not there anymore. Everyone feels a bit down at the moment - it's heartbreaking. It looks like when they were taking the pots one was damaged and you could see a trail of soil leading to the bus stop.

Rita added: 'Somebody must have seen something, the pots are heavy and the trees were about five or six feet high, I don't think someone could carry them on their own.

'We were going to get garden furniture to put there but what's to stop that going missing? So many people had commented on how lovely the front looked and then to come into work on Monday to find someone had taken them it was a terrible feeling,'

Anyone with any information should call police on 029 2022 2111.
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Date:Jun 28, 2006
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