Gardening equipment stolen from sheds

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Thieves have stolen gardening equipment from two garden sheds in Morpeth.

Between 12pm on Thursday, May 9, and 9.55am on Sunday, May 12, thieves broke into two garden sheds at separate addresses at Briarlea and stole two lawnmowers – a red Honda petrol lawnmower and a yellow Emak petrol lawnmower.

Morpeth Inspector Dave Simpson said: “We are appealing for the public to contact us if they saw anything suspicious in the area at around the time of the thefts.

“It is likely that the lawnmowers were loaded into a van after they were stolen so we would also like to hear from anyone who has any information about a van or large vehicle being parked nearby.

“We believe the lawnmowers may have been targeted specifically.

“We are advising people to be cautious about cold callers offering to do gardening work or odd jobs.

“We would always advise people that if anyone calls who they are not expecting they should ask to see their identification and should never let anyone inside.

“If somebody is approached by a workman who offers a price for work to be carried out, they should always get at least one other quote from a company they have heard of before going ahead. If in doubt, call the police.

“This will reduce the chance of you agreeing to have work carried out at a price which is more than the work is actually worth.”

Anyone with information about these incidents or who would like to report anything suspicious can contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.