Thursday, 26 May 2011

Appeal for information after garden thefts in Lancaster

Slynedales, home to Cancer Care - one of
the garden theft victims. Photo: Cancer Care
Police are appealing for information after a series of thefts in Lancaster - including a summer house from the grounds of a much-loved local charity, CancerCare.

Overnight on Tuesday 17th May, two aluminium greenhouse frames were stolen from the allotments on Torrisholme Road. A wheelbarrow and some gardening tools were also stolen from two sheds that were also broken into.

Two nights later, on Thursday 19th May at around 11.00pm another greenhouse frame was targeted. On this occasion, three people were disturbed by one of the plot owners in the process of removing it.

The three people have been described as men, aged between 16 and 19 years old. They were between five foot six inches and five foot ten inches tall and were wearing dark trousers and lighter coloured hooded tops one of which had ‘Adidas’ written on the back.

On the same night (19th May) at around 1.00am, a summer house that was in the process of being built on the site was stolen from the grounds of Slynedales Cancer Care on Slyne Road.

“Each of these thefts is obviously upsetting for the victims," notes PC Nikki Kay who is investigating the crimes, "but in particular, staff and patients at Slynedales Cancer Care are particularly upset and frustrated as the summer house had been donated to them.

“Due to the size of the items taken I believe there is the possibility that there would be a vehicle involved so I would appeal to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area to come forward and contact police.”

• Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

• If you'd like to suport CancerCare visit www.cancercare.org.uk

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