Tynedale: Police increase patrols after spate of rural crime
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
POLICE have launched a crackdown after a spate of crime in rural areas across Tynedale.
Top of officers’ hit list are thieves who broke into cars to steal chainsaws and other tools in the North Tyne, and offenders who pumped over £1,250 worth of fuel out of three HGVs at Haltwhistle.
Officers were called to Haltwhistle after the fuel was siphoned from the lorries some time between midday on Sunday and 4.30pm on Monday.
The vehicles, which were parked at the old council yard, at Eden’s Lawn, were damaged by those responsible, and officers investigating believe the offenders would have remained at the yard for some time, potentially with vehicles and pumping equipment.
Neighbourhood inspector Kevin Oates said: “We have extra patrols operating in some areas of Tynedale because there has been an increase in crime in rural locations.
“We are doing everything possible to trace those responsible and we would ask anyone who may have any information to come forward and assist us.
“I want people to be aware of how easily they can become victims of this type of crime, so they can help to protect themselves from it.”
Police were called to Kirkwhelpington at 1.30am on Monday, September 23 after reports that an offender was trying to steal a Land Rover Discovery. The offender was disturbed, and made off empty handed after the alarm sounded.
Then, overnight between Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24, two vehicles were broken into at Bellingham.
A Husqvarna chainsaw was taken from a pick-up truck on Westlands, while at St Oswalds Court, another Husqvarna chainsaw, and De Walt tools, including a drill, were taken from a Vauxhall Astra.
Insp. Oates added: “There is not normally much crime at all in Bellingham, but for vehicles to be targeted over the same period is a concern.
“This could potentially involve the same offenders. It is possible that chainsaws may have been offered for sale, so if you suspect anything, we would like to hear from you.
“If you can, park your car securely in a garage, but if this is not possible, make sure you do not leave anything valuable on display because this is an open invitation for thieves.”
Insp. Oates revealed that some time between Sunday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 24, a battery was stolen from an electric fence at Wall.
He added: “This happened over a two day period. It’s important to note that some offenders do operate during daylight hours.
“They will always have a cover story. They may wear fluorescent bibs or say they are working for the utility companies.
“Legitimate utility company workers would be in a marked vehicle, and would usually have identification, so it’s important that people are on their guard and report anything suspicious to the police.”
Thieves have also targeted Slaley, where barbed wire fencing and a Stihl saw were among items stolen from a storage cabin at the Hollybush Sawmills near the village, overnight on Thursday, September 26.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call police on 101.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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