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Rare orchids stolen from Suffolk nature reserve

Police are appealing for witnesses to thefts of rare orchids from a location in North Suffolk.

The thefts took place at a Suffolk Wildlife Nature Reserve location at some point between Tuesday 1st June and Friday 4th June and again between Thursday 10th June and Monday 14th June.

Critically endangered wild plants, described as yellow early marsh-orchids, which were growing beside a footpath were dug up and stolen. Two of these plants were stolen.

Orchids are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act along with all other native wild plants and bulbs. This means it is an offence to intentionally uproot any wild plant unless authorised to do so.

Anyone who has knowledge of the theft or has been offered them for sale should contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/38070/21.

Or by email to Colin.Taylor@suffolk.police.uk