Trees under surveillance
PARK patrols have been stepped up after thieves stole trees planted to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Offenders stole 160 trees planted at Pickwood Recreation Ground in Leek to celebrate the landmark anniversary.
Leek Town Council was awarded 420 saplings by the Woodland Trust as part of a community project to enhance neighbourhoods.
The mixed batch, worth £420, or £1 per sapling, included a tree from the Queen's estate, which was planted at Brough Park.
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Councillor John Fisher, who helped organise the project, said the saplings at Brough Park were being kept under close surveillance.
Replacement saplings had been planted at three other sites across the town.
The sites have not been named in the hope of preventing the saplings being stolen or vandalised.
Mr Fisher said: "I visited the sites and the trees are all looking brilliant. Trees which have been planted at Brough Park are being regularly monitored."
A nursery replaced the stolen saplings after hearing of the thefts, which are still being investigated by police.