Police warning after metal thefts

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 July 2011

The agreement will see the dogs training at the school

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A SPATE of thefts from garden sheds and barns has led police to warn residents about securing metal.

Police have counted 18 separate thefts in an area ranging from Wedmore and Cheddar to West Huntspill and Berrow since the beginning of the month, while two schools have also been targeted.

The incidents include the theft of a tractor engine and a pile of metal from a farm in Wedmore, break-ins to sheds at two Highbridge businesses, and one at the Pontin’s holiday park in Brean.

Burnham Infants School and Berrow Preschool have also seen metal stripped from their roofs in the past week.

Although the incidents are scattered across several villages and towns in Somerset, police believe they may be connected.

Inspector Roger Tolley said: “If you have got scrap metal of any description at your house or business, please secure it.

“If you see people hanging around your neighbour’s house, possibly in a van, then please let us know.”

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