Policeman peeved by plant pilferers
GEORGE Williams wonders why he even bothers beautifying his Korora Basin property.
The retired policeman, 70, recently put in some beautiful plants at the bottom of his steep driveway, but he hasn't had long to sit back and enjoy them.
All was fine when he checked them about 5pm on Sunday, but when he wandered down the hill to fetch his mail at 10am on Monday, he noticed three bird's-nest ferns, six agapanthus lilies and eight Xanadu philodendrons had been pilfered.
He also discovered a footprint nearby.
"This sort of thing really gets my feathers up. At my age it takes me a week to do what used to take me only a day," George said.
"It makes me feel it's not worth the effort."
George will have to fork out $167 to replace them all, but he insists he's not even going to bother.
He reported the matter to Coffs Harbour Police and was referred to the Police Assistance Line number 13 14 44.
"I recommend anyone who has been the victim of any crime should ring this number, because police can use it to catch criminals. Garden beds are for putting flowers in, and cages are for criminals."