Police urge caution after shed thefts

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Police are appealing for information after a spate of shed break-ins at allotments.

Tools and gardening equipment were stolen from the sheds at St Augustines Allotment Gardens on St Augustines Avenue, Chesterfield, some time between Monday, April 1 and Friday, April 5.

A lawn mower and a strimmer were also stolen from a garden shed at a property on St Augustines Mount between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday, April 3.

Officers from Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are investigating the incidents - and say they could be linked to similar incidents in Hasland earlier this year.

They are also giving crime prevention advice to allotment owners and gardeners.

PCSO Kirsty Handby of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It is possible that the recent thefts in the St Augustines area could be connected to some similar incidents at allotments in Hasland in February.

“If anyone knows anything about these thefts, or saw anything suspicious in the area please let us know.

“We would also ask people to make sure that their sheds are secure and to consider making them less attractive to a potential thief, especially as warmer months approach.”

Other prevention advice includes making sure sheds have good quality locks and alarms, security marking items in the shed or planting prickly bushes near entry points to deter thieves.

n Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101.