HANGING baskets that were taken from a pub have now been returned – along with a written note apologising to the owners.

The Plough Inn, on Cleobury Road, Far Forest, went viral on social media as owners went on a mission to get their hanging baskets back. 

The pub shared CCTV footage of the moment two hanging baskets and logs were taken from outside the pub on Saturday morning (May 11).

The angry owners of the pub, who were on holiday in Majorca at the time, took to Facebook to track down those in the video in a series of posts.

On Tuesday morning (May 14), the hanging baskets were returned to the pub, with a note of apology.

The note said: "So sorry, joke taken too far. No harm meant".

The note also said that the plants had been "looked after."

Adam Giles, one of the pub owners, who made the Facebook posts, said: "It's gone viral.

"I called them out basically. We haven't held back on calling them out. I thought they needed to be brought down a peg or two and that's what we have done.

"We did say look after our baskets and keep them watered”.

Thousands of people shared his initial appeal for help to get the baskets back.

He added: "We are pleased with the result and chuffed with the general public for being so supportive.

"The public are the number one stars. Thank you to those guys and all our loyal customers".

The incident has been reported to West Mercia Police.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We received a report of a black Jeep car pulling up and a man getting out before allegedly stealing some logs and two hanging baskets from the Plough Inn on Cleobury Road in Far Forest, Kidderminster on Saturday 11 May at 7.22am.

“Investigations are ongoing.”