Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bronze deer statues stolen from Essex garden

POLICE are appealing for information and witnesses following the theft of ornamental statues in Little Dunmow.Between 6pm on June 6 and 1pm on June 7 suspects stole two bronze statues of deer from a garden in Grange Lane. The estimated total value of the statues is in the low four figures.
Anyone with information about this crime to contact Dunmow station, where the investigating officer is Pc Graeme Gordon, on 0300 3334444, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

The bronze deer

(Reproduced from Dunmow Broadcast and Recorder June 28th)

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£5,000 worth of fishing equipment stolen

POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information following the theft of £5,000 worth of fishing equipment from a shed in Redditch.
It happened between 8pm on Wednesday, June 22 and 10.50am on Thursday, June 23 in Yardley Close in the Winyates area.
It is possible that the offenders may try to sell on the fishing equipment and therefore police are eager to hear from anyone who may have been offered fishing equipment for sale.
Peter Aston, crime risk advisor, said: “Shed owners should ensure they have sufficient security in place to prevent their belongings from being stolen.
“A garden crime leaflet called Tips to Nip Garden Crime in the Bud is available from police stations and garden centres in the West Mercia are or can be downloaded from the force's website at www.westmercia.police.uk.”
Anyone with information can call 0300 333 3000, quoting incident reference 198-S-230611, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

(Reproduced from the Redditch Advertiser, 27th June 2011)

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Raiders take £900 garden fountain

POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a lead garden fountain was stolen from a house in Burnham Market.
Raiders entered the back garden of an address on Overy Road sometime between 5pm on Wednesday June 8 and 9am on Thursday June 9.
Details of the incident were only made public yesterday.
An ornamental lead fountain, believed to be worth around £900, was stolen in the incident.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated, or who may have been offered the item for sale since then.
Anyone with information on the theft of the garden fountain is asked to contact PCSO Owen James of Norfolk Police on 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

(Reproduced from Lynn News 22nd June 2011)

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hedon (Hull) Crime Prevention Event - Saturday 26th June

Hedon neighbourhood officers are holding a crime prevention day in the Co-Op car park on Hull Road, Hedon on Saturday 25 June 2011 with a specific focus on shed, garage and garden security.
Between 1000hrs and 1500hrs on Saturday 25 June 2011 the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be working in the car park offering crime prevention literature and advice to shoppers.

The team will also be offering cycle post coding free of charge. This helps police trace stolen cycle and increase the likelihood of these cycles being returned to their owners.

PCSO Janice Wilcock said: "Events like this are a fantastic opportunity for the public to come and see their local policing team in a convenient and relaxed environment. We are looking forward to speaking to lots of the local community about their neighbourhoods and offering crime prevention to help avoid them becoming victims of crime.

"We have chosen shed, garage and garden security as traditionally this time of the year crimes from these places increase as people invest in new gardening and DIY tools as well as leisure equipment before storing them in outbuildings.

"However the security of gardens and the buildings in them are forgotten about while people focus on ensuring their homes are safe which is understandable. However by making a few modifications to sheds and garages they can be made more secure."

"At this event we hope to educate people in methods of deterring thieves from targeting property in gardens. These methods can include decreasing the levels of cover by installing lights, increasing the time taken to gain entry through more secure locks or by increasing the chance of detection through property marking or alarms.

"The aim ultimately is working with the community of Hedon in order to prevent crimes from happening in the area through the use of crime prevention techniques and this event will help to achieve this."

At the event people can also find out about home and vehicle crime prevention.

If you would like to attend either Crime Prevention Day, or would like further advice on making your gardens safer this summer and also have your cycle post coded please come along to Co-Op car park on Hull Road in Hedon, between 1000hrs and 150hrs on Saturday 25 June 2011

(Reproduced from aboutmyarea.co.uk 10th June 2011)

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Monday, June 6, 2011

‘Devastation’ as Springwood garden is raided (King's Lynn)

A rose named after a retired Lynn hospital porter was stolen from his own garden at the weekend.
A bush featuring the bloom was one of dozens of plants to be taken as thieves ransacked the garden of David and Hilda Moulton at their home on the Springwood estate during the early hours of Saturday.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the theft, which has devastated the couple.
Mrs Moulton told the Lynn News she could not describe what she thought of those responsible.
“We’re devastated. They have just taken the lot. You can see where they have just pulled them up”, she said.
“He doesn’t want to go out there at the moment.”
A keen gardener, Mr Moulton was presented with the rose, which has since been named Moulton’s Marvel, by colleagues at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to mark his 65th birthday last October.
But the blooms were stolen, together with 26 goldcrest plants and a hanging basket sometime between 1am and 7.45am on Saturday.
A neighbour had been walking his dog at around 1am after finishing work and saw that the garden was still intact.
And Mrs Moulton, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis which means she has difficulty sleeping, said she had wondered whether the incident would have happened if she was up.
She said: “The night before this happened I spent about two-and-a half hours reading. Perhaps the light would have been on and they wouldn’t have done it. I don’t know.”
She added that officers had said it was likely a vehicle had been left nearby to take the plants away.
The house runs alongside a footpath which is regularly used by pedestrians making their way to and from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Mrs Moulton said passers-by had regularly commented to her husband on how attractive the garden looked and many had also condemned the thieves during the last few days.
Anyone with information about the incident should ring police on 0845 4564567.

(Reproduced from the Lynn News, 6th June)

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