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Garden thefts prompt warning

Brandon's community gardeners are losing their vegetables to thieves and vandals, prompting an appeal to the public and a warning about possible police involvement.

Over the past few days and weeks, specific instances of theft from plots have been witnessed at a number of locations, according to the Brandon Community Garden Network.

They're asking that anyone who sees suspicious activity report it to the police.

That could be people who are harvesting from many different gardens at the same time or any activity in the community gardens after dark.

Taking any amount of vegetables or tampering with these gardens without explicit permission from the gardener or coordinator, is an act of theft and/or vandalism, they say.

Nearly 2,500 people make up the Brandon Community Garden Network, with a total of 750 plots in use this summer across 15 garden sites. The gardens, which are often rented and planted by people to feed themselves, offer anyone an opportunity to grow vegetables. However, they are very vulnerable to abuse.

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