10:45AM, Friday 18 December 2015
A Christmas tree sponsored by a school has been stolen by two ‘joking and laughing’ thieves in Windsor.
The ill-fated tree was positioned in a planter on St Leonards Road across the road from Bar 5.
The tree was sponsored by Brigidine School in Kings Road but was taken by thieves in the early hours of Friday, December 11.
The owner of Bar 5, Tracy Redington, realised the tree was missing when she went into work the following morning.
On checking the bar’s CCTV cameras she discovered it had been stolen by two men.
Tracy said: “It is awful, especially when it was planted by a school.
“We knew it was Brigidine because there is a plaque on the bottom.
“It is disgusting, they were joking and laughing about it after, you can see it on the video, it’s not very nice.”
She added the tree had been stolen only a few days after it had been put up in the street.
Joint headteacher at Brigidine School, Dawn Fleming, said she was aware a planter was sponsored by the school’s chair of governors on its behalf.
She had not heard news of the tree being stolen but told the Express: “People are very community minded around there and we are very happy to sponsor things in the community.
“The children are around and about in their uniforms so people know who they are.
“It is disappointing if someone has stolen the tree there.
“I haven't seen it but it is just really sad that people do that sort of thing.”
Tracy has reported the incident to Thames Valley Police which is now appealing for witnesses.
Call with information on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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