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article imagePolice seek Chucky mask robber and world's smallest water lily Special

By Alexander Baron     Jan 22, 2014 in Crime
Kew Gardens - The BBC "Crimewatch" programme last night featured two somewhat off-beat crimes: a robber wearing a Chucky mask, and a very rare theft.
Actually, the monthly programme screened at 9pm Wednesday night featured some other crimes that warrant far stronger words than off-beat, but let us give rape, murder and gratuitous violence a miss for once.
If you haven't yet met Chucky, you can find him in the Internet Movie Database; the first film in this horror franchise was released in 1988; the latest was released in the USA in September of last year.
Whether or not the fellow pictured below is a film fan, Humberside Police don't share his sense of humour, and would like to speak to him about two armed robberies on retail outlets.
A screengrab from CCTV footage released by Humerside Police. The fellow in the Chucky mask is wanted...
A screengrab from CCTV footage released by Humerside Police. The fellow in the Chucky mask is wanted for two armed robberies.
The CCTV of this character in action can currently be found here on the Crimewatch website.
Something that really is no laughing matter is the theft of a Nymphaea thermarum.
If you don't recognise that particular Latin name, that is hardly surprising, because it is not simply rare but one of the very few. The good people at the world famous Kew Gardens call it the pygmy Rwandan water lily. Yes, that is it pictured at the top of this article. It may be named after Rwanda but as far as is known, it is no longer found there nor anywhere else in the wild. You can read a bit about it here.
Here is another picture of one; as you can see, it is smaller than a pound coin. Due to the method of its removal, both the police and the staff of Kew Gardens believe it was stolen either by a collector or to order.
Without wishing to demean the term, this is arguably a crime against humanity, because extinct is forever. Any true lover of beautiful plants would surely prefer to see this returned to Kew where in a sense it is owned by all Mankind.
There is a video of it on YouTube; what is there to gain by hiding it away somewhere?
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