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Rabbits munch competition blooms
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Wisbech had threatened to send the rabbits to a rival Suffolk town
A town's chances of success in the Britain in Bloom contest are being eaten away by a rabbit invasion.

The hungry bunnies have invaded two roundabouts in the centre of Wisbech and are scoffing the town's floral displays.

Now, organisers of the Cambridgeshire town's bloom contest bid fear the rabbits will ruin their efforts.

And residents are even adding to the problem - by encouraging the rabbits with gifts of carrots.

Penny Stocks, of Wisbech in Bloom, said: "The rabbits are chomping all the leaves and flowers.

"Then people see them, think they haven't got much to eat and throw lettuces and carrots on to the roundabouts, making them look even worse."

She added: "At first I did say it would be really nice if they were sent off to Bury St Edmunds, which is our main competitor, but I have had a re-think.

"Rabbits are supposed to be lucky and by the time the judges come at the end of July we could have hundreds of rabbits.

"All that luck in their feet could be just what we need."

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