More allotment sheds targeted

ALLOTMENt holders are being reminded once again to beef up their security as more sheds were broken into in the East Riding.

On this occasion, they targeted buildings in the Driffield area, but it follows on from dozens that were first targeted on The Mile in Pocklington, then just off the A1079 at Market Weighton.

Thousands of pounds worth of tools and equipment have been reported missing.

Inspector Mark Coulthard said: “We are asking all allotment owners to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police - no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is.

“Writing down the description of an unusual person or vehicle seen in the area of the allotments can greatly help us in our investigations.

“We would also ask owners to increase the security at their allotment; shed alarms, security lights and strong locks are all tools that can help your allotment become less attractive to a thief.

“Setting up an Allotment Watch Scheme in your area is also a good idea and your local PCSOs can help with this. Above all, we are asking for allotment owners to work closely with us, both to prevent further crimes occurring and to bring the offenders to justice.”

Meanwhile, police are calling on homeowners to secure doors and windows after a spate of house burglaries in other parts of the East Riding. In a bid to combat the number of opportunist thefts and raise awareness over bogus officials, Sergeant Pete Rogers of Pocklington Police has been leading drop-in sessions around the villages to offer people advice on security.

Two have already been held at Wilberfoss and Sutton-on-Derwent, with more planned at Melbourne next week, and Stamford Bridge in July. The former will be held at Melbourne Village Hall, from 1pm to 4pm, on 15 June.

As well as police advice there will be representatives from Humberside Fire and Rescue, members of the district Crime Prevention Panel, and Age Concern.

Detective Sergeant Gavin Orsborne from the Serious and Acquisitive Crime Team said: “Burglars are clearly making the most of the invitations they are being offered by house holders across the East Riding, who continue to leave their homes insecure.

“Whilst I understand the need to keep cool when the weather is warm it is imperative that windows and doors are always kept secure to protect homes from burglars who will act within seconds and cause upset and misery to their victims.

“People need to take the simple steps now before they, too, become victims of burglary.”