Crime advice event in village meets concerns

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People worried about a spate of shed and garage break-ins across the Holbeach area in recent weeks are invited to a crime prevention event in Whaplode.

A mobile police station will be parked outside JR Cycles, High Road, on Monday May 19 from 2pm when officers will be giving out crime prevention advice and security marking packs.

The event is in response to a spate of break-ins in recent weeks where gardening equipment, tools and garden ornaments have been stolen.

Police received at least three reports of incidents on April 27 alone, including two stone garden ornaments stolen in Saracen’s Head and iron gates stolen from two houses in Whaplode.

Sgt Gareth Boxall of Holbeach and the Sutton Community Policing Team said: “We have increased patrols in the area, including officers in unmarked vehicles, and members of the public are reporting thefts and suspicious activity to us promptly.

“Such swift action assists us in tackling the issue and helped us recover some stolen ornaments and garden gates last week.

“But I continue to ask members of the public to be vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious vehicles to us, especially at night.

“Most importantly, I would ask everyone to look closely at their own sheds, garages and gardens as thieves target all sorts of items at this time of year and will choose the most vulnerable targets.”