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Village sheds are break-in targets

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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POLICE in Ashbourne are appealing for help following a spate of shed break–ins.

The latest village to be affected was Fenny Bentley, with three properties on Ashes Lane being targeted.

Damage was caused to sheds but nothing was stolen in the latest incidents, which took place sometime overnight between Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5.

Properties in Mappleton suffered a similar fate earlier in the week, with more break-ins that happened sometime between 6pm on Monday, December 30 and 7am on Tuesday, December 31.

Power tools were stolen from a shed at one property and it is thought that offenders left via the front gate.

At another house two pedal cycles were taken from an outbuilding.

There were also two more attempted burglaries in the same village, offenders broke into outbuildings but nothing was stolen.

Sgt Denis Murphy, who heads up Ashbourne’s Safer Neighbourhood team said: “We are appealing to residents of Ashbourne, and especially the surrounding villages, to be our eyes and ears and to be especially vigilant, reporting any suspicious behaviour and vehicles in their neighbourhoods.

“These offences are being actively investigated by officers at Ashbourne and we are very keen to hear anything that people may wish to tell us about these crimes.

“Any piece of information, no matter how irrelevant it may seem, can be used to inform our investigations and to help us address this spate of offences; and to hopefully ensure that fewer people become victims.

“There is a range of subsidised products available from the Police and the safer Neighbourhood Team is happy to offer basic advice about steps that can be taken by people to keep their sheds and outbuildings more secure.”

More information is available by calling 101, or alternatively by telephoning Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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