A nursery owner is counting the cost of an unprovoked vandalism attack on his premises.
Thousands of pounds of damage was caused to Perennial Favourites, in Blyth, over the weekend after offenders forced their way through the perimeter fence.
Owner Adam Greenwold and his wife Fiona were shocked when they arrived at work on Monday morning to discover hundreds of plants scattered around the site and panes of glass in greenhouses had been smashed.
Adam said: “The glass can be replaced, but the plants that are covered in the shards of glass cannot.”
He added that he cost of the damage to plants and the cost of replacing the broken glass is around £7,500.
Adam said: “We have been here five years now and have never seen such damage done in one night. We have had the odd theft and window broken but never as much as this.
The nursery, in Ridley Park, is the former council nursery which is now in private hands.
“The attack must have happened overnight on Saturday or Sunday as all was well when we locked up on Saturday night and we found the devastation on Monday morning.
“We cannot sell the plants that are covered with shards of glass and others have been affected by the very heavy frost we had overnight on Sunday.
“It will take us more than a week just to replace the broken glass.”
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 173 of 06/02/17.