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VIDEO: ‘Brazen’ woman steals flowers from city centre display

Dublin City Business Improvement District, which owns and maintains the planters, says it is “absolutely shocked” by the incident.

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A FORMAL COMPLAINT is to be lodged with gardaí after an amateur cameraman captured footage of a woman stealing flowers from a public display in Dublin’s city centre yesterday.

The woman was seen vandalising the planter on Liffey Street for about an hour from around 4.30pm by passers-by and local staff members. According to one witness, a security guard and two women approached her and asked what she was doing but were told to ‘mind their own business’.

Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID) says it is “absolutely shocked” by the incident.

“The woman in the video is brazen about the vandalism,” said spokesperson Clyde Carroll. “Not only is it stealing, but it also makes the planter look less appealing.”

Dublin City BID spends about €35,000 per year placing and maintaining about 40 such planters around the city city. They are changed twice a year to represent the seasons.

The cost of the damage from this week’s incident could run into hundreds of euro but the major problem is that the company in charge will have to grow the flowers again.

Carroll confirmed that a complaint will be made to local gardaí.

Dublin City BID was set up in 2006 to promote the city centre and to provide extra services to businesses, further to what is provided by local authorities. The €35,000 used to maintain the planters is funded by contributions from city centre businesses.

“We are like a management company for the core city centre,” explains Carroll. “We have an immediate response crew if there is a problem on a street. We want to ensure the area always looks nice, as well as promote the city to visitors and locals.”

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