Spalding florist counts cost after vandalism blow

WINDOW PAINS: Emma Peake of Daisies Flower Shop with Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant and Daniel Blair of Spalding Glass & Construction.
WINDOW PAINS: Emma Peake of Daisies Flower Shop with Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant and Daniel Blair of Spalding Glass & Construction.

“The question is why?” is the response of a Spalding florist whose business was targeted by vandals in the town.

Emma Peake of Daisies Flower Shop in The Crescent claimed she had lost trade while having her windows replaced after they were marked with a sharp object sometime during the past month.

I was very saddened that someone could cause so much mayhem and the question is why?

Emma Peake of Daisies Flower Shop, Spalding

The florist, who has owned her shop for at least 20 years, described the attack as an “inconvenience” because of the disruption of putting some of her stock out onto the street while replacement windows were fitted on Tuesday.

Emma said: ”I was very saddened that someone could cause so much mayhem and the question is why?

“It’s just pure vandaslism and it’s inconvenienced us because there’s been no trade while the new windows have been fitted.”

Emma was a supported of We’ve Had Enough, a campaign launched by the Spalding Guardian and our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, in August 2012 to highlight vandalism, disorder and other anti-social behaviour in and around the town.

At the time of the campaign’s launch, Emma said: “Spalding is a nice market town but it’s being tarnished by anti-social behaviour and it’s awful.”

Daniel Blair of Pinchbeck-based Spalding Glass and Construction, which carried out the window replacement work, said: “We don’t get called out to do that many repairs of shop fronts now.

“But there used to be a time when people were out at night in Spalding and you’d get the odd occasion where someone got a little out of control and took their anger out on any business premises that were nearby.”

Vandals have been accused of “deteriorating the look of the town” by their actions, according to Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant.

Inspecting the window replacement work outside Daisies Flower Shop in Spalding, Mr Hannant said: “The effort shopkeepers have to put in to run a business is something I have a lot of admiration for and they don’t need this sort of vandalism in the current economic climate.

“You just feel frustrated and exasperated really because it’s deteriorating the look of a lovely town like Spalding.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.”

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