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Culprit who vandalised Sudbury pub's trees makes amends


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


SUDBURY'97 North St, Sudbury''The White Horse pub is launching Meet Up Mondays - a scheme for people to meet new people or catch up with old friends. 'The scheme is set to launch in May. Gary Addison with his partner Ashley Coote and daughter Poppy.'Picture Mark Westley. (1963975)
SUDBURY'97 North St, Sudbury''The White Horse pub is launching Meet Up Mondays - a scheme for people to meet new people or catch up with old friends. 'The scheme is set to launch in May. Gary Addison with his partner Ashley Coote and daughter Poppy.'Picture Mark Westley. (1963975)

The culprit responsible for vandalising a Sudbury pub’s potted trees at the front of its premises has apologised and made amends.

The incident outside The White Horse in North Street last weekend, which involved a young man pulling two olive trees from their pots – was captured on CCTV installed outside the pub.

Co-owner Gary Addison posted the footage on Twitter, the online social network, and received an overwhelming response.

“We want people to understand that there are consequences to their actions,” he said, adding that it was not the first time the trees had been vandalised.

“They’re not a massive amount of money, but we try to make the front of the pub look nice.”

Mr Addison hopes that posting the footage on social media will act as a deterrent to future vandals.

A terracotta plant pot outside the premises was smashed by vandals in the first year that Mr Addison and his partner, Ashley, took over the pub, resulting in a year-long wait for the case to reach court.

New pots have since been padlocked to the ground, but customers have suggested that they be taken in at night to prevent them being damaged – something Mr Addison is reluctant to do.

“They’re not in anyone’s way,” he said. “And staff shouldn’t have to lift them.”

The young man responsible for the latest incident has apologised to the owners and repotted the trees.

The first Meet Up Mondays session, a weekly community scheme designed to combat loneliness and encourage people to make new friends, was held at the pub this week.

While Mr Addison was pleased with the turnout, he hopes the numbers will continue to rise to benefit more people.

“Weekends can be a long time for people to be on their own,” he said. “So it’s something to look forward to.”



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