Thieves strike in popular beauty spot

Thieves broke into a car parked at a popular Dales beauty spot and stole valuables in the boot.

The vehicle – a Peugeot 206 – was parked in a car park near Stanage Edge, near Hathersage, when it was broken into on the afternoon of Sunday, September 1.

The offenders searched the car and stole items including an Apple laptop, designer sunglasses and after shave.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place between 2.30pm and 6.45pm, to get in touch.

The theft comes at a time when police and Derbyshire Dales District Council are teaming up to advise motorists about vehicle security and remove valuables from their cars.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Thieves will try their luck if they think there is a chance valuables will be left inside and our advice is to take your items with you when you can.

“Even leaving them out of sight might not be enough if a thief thinks they can get away with it. They will often strike when there aren’t many people about and in isolated areas, so if you are parking in one, please take extra care.

“We have been out speaking to drivers about vehicle security and I’d like to remind motorists that if you leave nothing in, nothing can be taken out.”

If you spot anyone acting suspiciously around parked and unattended vehicles, call police straight away on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

Anyone with information on the above crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.