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Endangered plant stolen from farm
Meadow Clary
Meadow Clary photo by Simon Williams/Plantlife
A dozen rare plants have been stolen from a farm in the Medway towns.

The twelve salvia pratensis plants, commonly known as meadow clary, were dug up and taken from Ranscombe Farm in Rochester overnight on Wednesday.

It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to intentionally uproot or pick meadow clary.

Kent Police Det Sgt Adam Marshall said the enthusiasts who had spent time protecting this rare plant had been left devastated by the theft.

He added: "I would like to urge anyone who may have been offered the plants to get in contact with police.

"These meadow clary plants were only a few centimetres tall and resemble non-flowering primroses. When in full bloom they can stand up to a metre high and have flowering spikes of blue flowers."

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