Thefts after sheds and barns raided

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Thieves have raided sheds and barns in the Forest Heath area stealing items including tools, a quad bike and a Land Rover.

Among the incidents, between Monday November 12 and Tuesday November 13, they broke into farm buildings, in Holywell Row, Mildenhall and took a Land Rover Discovery with cash.

Hand tools were removed from an unlocked wooden shed, in Manor Road, Brandon, while a quad bike and crop sprayer were stolen from a barn, in Mildenhall Road, West Row.

Between Friday November 9 and Tuesday November 13, fishing equipment was snatched after a shed was broken into in Spruce Drive, Brandon.

A padlock was cut from a wooden shed, in The Street, Holywell Row, but nothing was stolen.

Police have since warned residents to fit good quality mortice locks or padlocks one third up and one third down to reduce the leverage available.

They advise that windows should be secured with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside.

In addition, residents can install a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves. Padlocks and chains should also be used to secure high value items.

Police are conducting patrols in the areas affected

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Sgt Chris Chisnall on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.