Guns, solar panels and tools stolen in break ins

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Crime news

GUNS and solar panels are among unusual items stolen in a series of raids on allotments and garages.

Between Thursday, January 8, and Friday January 9, allotments at Holder House Way were broken into and property stolen.

From one, an air rifle was stolen, while a gas gun and cartridges was stolen from another. Other stolen property includes solar panels, a bike, and tools.

And between Friday, January 9, and Sunday, January 11, two garages at a garage block at Grotto Road near Marsden Grotto were broken into. Property including a generator, gardening equipment and tools were stolen from one, while nothing was stolen from the other.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the break-ins and for anyone who sees or knows the whereabouts of the stolen property to get in touch.

The appeal comes during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Over the weekend there were a number of burglaries reported to garages and allotments and there are additional patrols taking place in the area to make enquiries and prevent further offences from taking place.

“I’d appeal for any witnesses who saw suspicious activity such as people or vehicles around the garage block or allotments to get in touch as soon as possible. We’re also keen to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of the stolen property.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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