Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow weekly crime round-up


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A petrol mower and rotavator were stolen from a garage in Toppesfield Road, Finchingfield, between April 4 and April 6 after thieves forced open the door.

Between 1am and 2am on April 1, entry was gained to a garage in Elmdon, causing £100 worth of damage. Nothing was stolen in the incident.

Thieves entered a barn in Henham Road, Elsenham, between March 22 and April 1, and stole a Hayter push mower, valued at £500, a strimmer, two Stihl chainsaws, valued at £500, a Husquarna chainsaw, valued at £300, a green WW2 petrol can, and a metal seat and roller for a mower.

Overnight on March 31, suspects were disturbed by the owner as they attempted to break into a garden shed in Maple Lane, Radwinter. They ran off after being challenged but caused damage to the doors after trying to force them open.

Thieves broke into a Ford Ranger, that was parked on Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, on April 3 at 10.27pm and stole items from the vehicle. A generator, valued at £300, a water browser, valued at £240, various gardening tools, valued at approximately £50, and a wheel barrow, valued at £300.

Thieves gained entry to a shed in Maple Lane, Wimbish, between March 6 and April 6 and stole a wheelbarrow, lawnmower, and garden hose. They replaced the items with older, used and broken versions.

The rear windscreen of a VW Golf, parked in Fairycroft Road, Saffron Walden, was smashed between 5pm on April 5 and 8.34am on April 7.

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Three cars had their number plates stolen in Uttlesford in the space of a week. A BMW 3 series, parked in Godfrey Way, Dunmow, had its front and back plates stolen overnight on April 1. No damage was caused to the vehicle.

On the same night in New Pond Lane, Saffron Walden, the front and back plates from an Audi A4 were also taken.

On April 6, the front and back plates were lifted from a grey Nissan Juke, parked in The Avenue, Dunmow, with the vehicle being scratched in the process.

At 10.20pm on April 4, the doors to a barn in High Roding were forced, with damaged caused to the doors. Nothing was thought to have been taken in the incident.

Thieves gained entry to a premises in Takeley between 10pm and 11.10pm on April 4 by forcing a window. Various tools were stolen from inside, approximately worth a five-figure sum. Access to other buildings was also attempted, with damage caused to windows.