ECKINGTON: Warning after shed thefts

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Police are advising residents in the Eckington area to be alert after a number of thefts from sheds and garages.

Since the start of April police have received seven reports of non-dwelling burglaries in Eckington, Ridgeway and Marsh Lane.

The latest happened during the afternoon on Monday, April 15. Fishing equipment was stolen from an outbuilding in the garden of a property on School Lane, at Marsh Lane.

Hand and power tools, golf equipment, bicycles and a motorbike have also been stolen during the incidents, which have included three at Marsh Lane, three at Ridgeway and one in Eckington.

Tools were also taken from an Iveco van parked on Warren Crescent, at Marsh Lane, overnight between Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, and for local residents to report any suspicious activity.

Sgt Paul Smith, who is part of the community safety partnership in North East Derbyshire, said: “Enquiries are ongoing into these incidents and police patrols are taking place in the area but we would ask residents to give a bit of extra thought to security around their sheds, garages and also vehicles.

“Please think about the value of the items you are storing and invest in appropriate good quality locks, alarms and security lighting. We would also advise people not to leave valuable items on display in vehicles, and to remove them completely if possible.”

Sgt Smith added: “If anyone has seen or heard anything suspicious in the area, or knows anything about these incidents, then please contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.