Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Theives steal lambing gates from Lancaster farm

One remaining connecting section of the gate.
The two stolen sections have no plywood in
the intervening sections, unlike this one.
Local police are appealing for information after four galvanised steel gates were stolen from a farm in Lancaster earlier this month. The theft took place at Seven Acres on Hazelrigg Lane, Lancaster between 9.00am on 7th September, and 10.00am on 8th September.

A total of four galvanised steel gates, and two galvanised connecting sections were stolen, each measureing twelve foot by four foot, with meshing at the base. The two connecting sections are ten foot by six foot. They are predominantly used for lambing and together would cost around £1,200.

“I would appeal to anybody with any information about the whereabouts of these stolen gates or the people responsible to contact Lancaster Police on 01524 63333 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111," urges PC Peter Bennett from Lancaster Police.

“Due to the weight and size of the gates it is likely at least three people would be required to remove the gates and a vehicle would have also been needed to transport. Although the location is on a rural road, it is close to Lancaster University so I’d urge anybody that saw anything suspicious to contact police.”

An adjoining barn was also targeted but only contained hay and nothing was stolen.

This incident coincides with the launch of Operation Firecrest on 19th September to tackle rural crime. The operation will see officers conducting extra patrols; targeting suspected offenders; making visits to farms and rural businesses to offer crime prevention advice; and hosting community meetings as well as providing a police presence at auction marts and other key locations.

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