Villagers warned after shed burglary spate

A RURAL village was targeted by burglars last weekend, with several properties broken into.

The incidents, which occurred on the Saturday night, saw at least four separate sheds broken into along the High Street and Codicote Road in Whitwell.

Three of the sheds had no property taken from them, but two petrol lawn mowers and one strimmer have so far been recovered. Police have reported damage to the sheds, as well as residents’ gardens and fences.

Investigation officer Dc Dave Quinn said: “A considerable amount of damage was caused to people’s sheds, gardens and fences over the course of the night and we are keen to trace those responsible.

“We would ask residents to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

“The gardens that were entered all backed onto fields and it is likely that the offenders came and went across the fields. Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious or who has any information relating to these crimes should contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can ring the non-emergency number 101.