Four people quizzed after 8,000 bluebells dug up from Norfolk wood

Bluebells are protected wild plants under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (Picture: Getty)

Four people have been quizzed by police after thousands of bluebells were uprooted from a private wood.

Officers were called to the wood in Fakenham, Norfolk, to reports of people acting suspiciously on the grounds.

They found several large sacks and mail bags filled with around 8,000 bulbs which had recently been dug up.

Two men in their 30s and two women in their 20s from Lincolnshire were interviewed in connection with the incident, but no one was arrested.

Bluebells are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act along with all other native wild plants and bulbs.

This means it is an offence to intentionally uproot any wild plant unless authorised to do so.

The landowner is now in the process of replanting the bulbs following the incident on March 23.

Last month, Norfolk police revealed the attempted theft of thousands of snowdrop bulbs from woodland areas.

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