In probably the weirdest and funniest story I’ve read this year, police in Staffordshire, England are investing the case of a garden that was ‘stolen’ whilst the family was on holiday in Lanzarote. The couple told their neighbours that they would be emigrating, and would be putting their house on the market before heading abroad. When they returned:
‘They found that the shed, the garden path, the rockery, the pot plants and the hanging baskets had all disappeared. Even the flowers had been dug up. The cultivated space behind their house had been transformed into a bare yard of earth and grass’
‘A different transformation had occurred next door. Where Mrs Woodhouse remembered an overgrown yard, there was now a familiar-looking shed along with pot plants, hanging baskets, paving slabs and flowers’.
Suspicious? The neighbour in question- Brian Johnson, ‘claimed that he had been led down the garden path by a third party who sold him the plants, the rockery, the shed and, indeed, the garden path itself for £220.’
I’d say he’s been caught green-fingered. In any case I hope the police are fortunate in getting to the root of the crime, and leaf no stone unturned.