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Spate of burglaries at Read allotments
11:43pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
ALLOTMENTS in Read have suffered an ‘unprecedented’ spate of burglaries over the last few months.
Sheds have been broken into four times in five weeks with drawers being tipped upside down and the contents being spread out on the floor.
Residents have reported that only non-valuable items have been taken including coats and boots.
The allotments, on the south side of Whalley Road adjacent to the Recreation Ground, consist of 40 plots which are rented out to Read and Simonstone residents.
Alan Mashiter, whose plot has been in his family since 1942, said: “It’s a huge inconvenience that this keeps on happening because it takes a while to clean up all the mess.
“I had a pair of boots in my shed for 21 years and recently treated myself to a new pair, but they were stolen a few weeks ago.
“It’s odd that not a lot is taken each time but something should be done about it now because it’s going on too long.
“My message to the other allotment holders is to not keep any valuables in your sheds over night.”
PC Sally Biggar, the neighbourhood police officer, said: “Each time there is an incident there is a lot damage that is cause which is not nice to discover by the owners when they next visit their plot.
“Valuables should never be left in allotment sheds over night because it too big of a risk.
“The gates of the allotment in Read should be closed and locked and if any suspicious vehicle or person is spotted then please report them to the police.
“The only items that have been officially reported to the police as stolen are a red strimmer and a petrol can.”
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