Gardaí in Cork have launched an investigation after vandals dug up sections of the city centre pavement and then filled the holes with cut flowers or leaves.
Cork City Council staff were shocked to discover that large sections of concrete paving on city centre footpaths had been dug up over the bank holiday weekend.
The vandalism occurred at four different in locations in the city centre, including in side avenues off Patrick Street.
The pieces of concrete paving slabs and bricks which had been dug up were left neatly stacked by the road.
The exposed sections of footpath were then carefully filled with cut flowers or green branches.
The local authority has launched an investigation in to the incident.
Gardaí are to examine CCTV footage from local shops in a bid to track down the culprits.
Gardaí and city council officials are baffled as to why the vandals would carefully stack the removed paving slabs and bricks beside the area which had just been dug up.
Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to contact their local Garda station.