VANDALS have damaged one of the new mosaic flowers in Mell Square, sparking an appeal from both the police and Solihull council for help in catching the culprits.
Eight mosaic flowers were added to one of the flowerbeds in the square as part of this year’s Solihull in Bloom campaign.
Over the weekend the head of one of the flowers was pulled off, leaving the petals and stem in place. Council contractors Enterprise have found the head, which will be repaired and reattached to the flower soon.
Police have been informed of the vandalism and are looking at CCTV to gather more information.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Tim Hodgson said: “I completely condemn this behaviour which has really tainted the end to this year’s Solihull in Bloom campaign.
“These flowers have only been in place a few weeks, adding interest and colour to the area. I really hope that this is just one mindless act and the flowers will in future be left untouched for many visitors and residents to enjoy.”
Solihull, which has won national acclaim for its floral displays, is one of eight finalists in the city category in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition.
Anyone who has any information should contact West Midlands Police on 0345 113 5000.