Burglars’ £10,000 shed-break haul

PUBLISHED: 14:15 15 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 15 November 2013

Axminster PCSOs Andy Trott and Hayley Widger put the crime prevention message across to the town's Tesco shoppers. Photo by Chris Carson

Axminster PCSOs Andy Trott and Hayley Widger put the crime prevention message across to the town's Tesco shoppers. Photo by Chris Carson

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Police appeal for information after villains target outbuildings in Axminster’s Loretto Road area

Police stepped up their crime prevention work in Axminster this week following a spate of burglaries involving several high value items.

Some £10,000 worth of garden machinery and fishing equipment was stolen when four sheds were broken into in the Loretto Road and Stoney Lane area at the weekend.

Thieves struck during the hours of darkness over Sunday, November 10, and the following morning.

Axminster Police Community Support Officer Andy Trott said the villains had gained access to the gardens from the Stoney Lane area.

He said amongst their haul were a number of power tools, hedge trimmers and lawn mowers, along with the angling items.

He said officers were keen to hear from anyone with information about the break-ins and asked them to contact him at Axminster Police station on 101.

In the meantime PCSO Trott and his colleague PCSO Hayley Widger have been out and about urging the public to adopt more crime prevention measures.

They were at Tesco yesterday (Thursday) handing out leaflets and giving advice to shoppers about how to keep their property secure.

Following the recent burglaries they were especially keen to warn people to lock their sheds and outbuildings.

“Keep it locked, keep it secure, mark it,” was their message.

The team was also keen to promote their doorstep crime information pack telling people how to deal with cold callers so they do not become a victim of doorstep crime.


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