TWO gnomes were stolen from a garden in South Tyneside.
The ornaments were among several items taken when thieves broke into the back garden of a home in Epinay Walk in Jarrow.
A stone Shihtzu dog, a metal bird bath and a toadstool were also taken in the raid, between 3pm on Friday and 9.30am on Saturday.
Anyone with information about the theft, or the whereabouts of the stolen items, is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 .
Crime prevention officers said residents should shut off their gardens to thieves by using locks, bolts or a padlock and chain on all back and side gates.
They also said prickly plants should be used to deter raiders, and photographs should be taken of garden furniture and items security marked where possible.
(Reproduced from The Shields Gazette, 11th Jan)
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