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Thursday, 10th April 2008
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Tulips destroyed or damaged in Japan

A number of tulips have been destroyed or damaged in an incident in Japan's Gumma Prefecture.

The incident, which occurred in the city of Maebashi, has resulted in the destruction of over 1,000 flowers, planted because of the national urban greening fair, reports Mainichi Daily News.

The flowers, which can be a symbolic representation of spring, are available in a number of different varieties, including Prinses Irene, Tulip Oranje and Tulip Purissima, according to the BBC.

Police officers are investigating the incident and destruction of property is suspected.

"It is extremely cruel. We don't know why someone did this, but it's regrettable," said one of the fair's organisers.

Believed to be worth approximately ¥40,000, the flowers had been either trodden underfoot or cut.

Located in the north-western area of the Kanto Plains, Gumma Prefecture is home to a number of mountains and hot springs.