Plea for cactus to be returned

SPALDING pensioner Terry Snitch is appealing to the burglar who stole one of his cactus plants to return it.

An intruder broke a bolt on his back garden greenhouse to steal the plant – bought for between £3 and £5 four years ago – between 6am and 8am on Monday.

Mr Snitch (71), of Hawthorn Bank, said the echinopsis stands four inches tall in a pot measuring two-and-a-half inches.

The cactus has two white “big trumpet” flowers but Mr Snitch says it is unlikely ever to flower again because it needs perfect growing conditions.

It is a true plant – rather than a hybrid – and Mr Snitch would like to have it back in his collection.

“It’s a plant that I don’t want to lose,” he said.

Mr Snitch had his greenhouse alarmed but the alarm is frequently triggered by hedgehogs and cats.

He ignored the alarm on Monday morning – thinking it had been triggered by an animal – but it turned out to be a burglary.

Mr Snitch said: “I just can’t get my head around it.”

He said he is prepared to give the burglar a plant just like the one stolen if the stolen one is returned to him.

Mr Snitch reported the burglary to police and stepped up his security with stronger locks and bolts for the greenhouse.

nAnyone with information about the stolen cactus is asked to contact Spalding Police Station on 0300 1110300.