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25th Jun, 2022

'Dangerous' gang of caravan thieves targeting rural areas

A ‘DANGEROUS’ gang of caravan and trailer thieves are targeting rural areas – prompting police to urge residents to be vigilant.

Investigating officers from Northamptonshire Police say a number of such thefts have been recorded across the county, and from neighbouring areas in Warwickshire and Thames Valley, since December.

The group committing the crimes usually strike between 5pm and 4am, arriving in multiple vehicles.

Insp Dave Wakeman of Northamptonshire Police said: “Our experience with this group is that they are dangerous individuals – they have rammed police vehicles, failed to stop and driven at excessive speeds in order to get away from us, so our advice is not to approach them if you see them committing a crime, but to contact us straight away on 999 instead.

“We have been working with our colleagues in CID and with Thames Valley Police and Warwickshire Police in order to investigate this crime series using a number of tactics, and those investigations continue at pace.

“However we now want to appeal to the public to please be extra vigilant if you own any of these items and to take as many crime prevention measures as possible to keep your possessions safe.

“I would also ask that anyone who sees any vehicles being driven suspiciously in rural areas to please give us a call and report it. We would rather attend a well-meaning concern that turns out to be nothing than not hear about it at all.”

Call police on 101 to report concerns, or 999 in an emergency.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/mwz7r7hb for rural crime prevention advice.

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