Items stolen from fundraising garden in Bishopstone

A Bishopstone man who has raised thousands of pounds for charity with open garden events was distressed when he discovered thieves had taken items from his front garden.

Geoff Stonebanks, from Marine Drive, said over the Bank Holiday Weekend three lifebuoys were stolen from his seaside themed garden.

Sussex Police carried out house to house enquiries in the area to establish whether anyone had seen anything suspicious.

If anyone has any information call police on the non emergency number 101 quoting serial 0752 of 31 March.

Garden owner Geoff Stonebanks said: “The blue oblong lifebuoy was quite special.

“It was given to me by Phillip Noel, who died aged 94 in January, a next door neighbour, after I had finished the garden, which was a real shame as it had some sentimental value.

“I was extremely upset at discovering the loss on Sunday morning.

“The front garden has been established now for over a year and we have never had anyone take anything from it.

“Everything is so well secured to prevent the wind blowing it away that whoever did this must have had to put some effort in to remove them and must have been seen by others.

“It is all very sad as we raise so much money for charity (£16,000 in three years) and these buoys were all part and parcel of the garden experience and will have to be replaced.”

Geoff’s garden Driftwood has opened to the public for charity numerous times, raising money for charities such as Macmillan.