Crime wave across Uttlesford sparks police warning

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Tradesmen are being warned to be vigilant following a “crime wave” across Uttlesford.

Thieves targeted around 12 different vehicles, sheds and garages in Widdington and Great Easton last week.

In one incident more than £3,000 worth of tools were stolen from a white Ford Transit van, parked along Brocks Mead, Great Easton.

The spate of break-ins and thefts took place over consecutive evenings, between Monday, January 26 and Thursday, January 29.

Sergeant Bernie Tompsett , of Essex Police, said the crimes are being linked.

He warned: “Look after your property, in particular tradesmen with tools in their vans. Do not leave anything in there overnight. We are always saying that and people are always being caught out.

“If you have handbags or sat-navs do not leave them on display. When parking your vehicle put yourself in the position of the thief, would you want to target that car?”

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Sgt Tompsett also wants to encourage residents to report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

“We would rather be told than not be told,” he added. “If there is something you do not feel right about it is always best to report it.”

If anybody has information contact Saffron Walden Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.