Warwick’s Jan Newman replaces the yuccas she believes callous thieves stole from the side of Rosenthal Road just off the New England Highway.
Warwick’s Jan Newman replaces the yuccas she believes callous thieves stole from the side of Rosenthal Road just off the New England Highway.

Yobbos pinch Stan's yuccas

LOVINGLY planted by her late husband, Jan Newman was furious at callous thieves who stole three yuccas from the green area she voluntarily maintains.

Since her husband Stan's death earlier in the year, Mrs Newman has vowed to try and keep up his hard work, mowing the grass bordering the southern entrance to Warwick.

Between Rosenthal Road and the New England Highway, Mr Newman also looked after an area that the couple fondly referred to as “the park”.

However, in the third incident in as many months, the area has been ransacked.

Mrs Newman said in late August, four yuccas went missing but she tried not to worry about it too much.

In early October she discovered tree stakes snapped and strewn across the green space and stone gardens wrecked.

After three more yuccas went missing last week, she decided it was time to speak to the police.

“I thought at first it may have been animals but there were about eight to 10 wooden sticks either knocked over or thrown around the park and snapped,” Mrs Newman said.

“It just couldn't have been done by animals.

“It must have happened at night, but I don't really look out after dark.

“Last Wednesday, I was out cutting grass until about 4pm.

“Then I was back outside by 5am the next morning and they were gone.

“I do remember hearing the neighbours' dogs go berserk.”

Mrs Newman said her husband planted the trees about a year ago and that they were almost two-foot tall.

“There is just no need for this. Whoever did it is a real low life.”

She has now replanted the trees and is hoping reporting the thefts to the police will help stop the destruction.

Despite the recent trouble, Mrs Newman does believe every cloud has a silver lining and was overwhelmed to receive a donation in the post yesterday from a mystery admirer of her work.

Warwick's Caltex garages also gave her a $500 fuel voucher to help her in her efforts.



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