Police warning after spate of garden thefts

Police are advising residents in Horsley Woodhouse, Mapperley, Morley and the surrounding areas to be alert after a number of thefts from outbuildings and gardens.

Since the start of April police have received nine reports of burglaries from sheds, garages and outside stores in Horsley Woodhouse, Morley, Mapperley and Horsley.

The latest happened at around 2.30am on Friday, June 28. Three bicycles were stolen from a garage on Main Road, at Morley.

There have also been eight reports of plants, ornaments and solar lights which have been stolen from gardens in Smalley, Horsley Woodhouse and Lower Kilburn since the start of April.

Most recently, two ornamental planters were stolen from the front garden on Stafford Close at Smalley sometime between 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 25.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, and for local residents to report any suspicious activity.

PCSO Vicky Hill of the Shipley, Smalley and Horsley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Enquiries are being made into these incidents and police patrols are taking place in the area. We would just ask that residents give a bit of thought to security around any outbuildings and their gardens.

“If you think about how much it would cost you to replace items that you store in sheds and garages then you’ll realise how important it is to invest in good quality locks and alarms. It is also worth considering security lighting for gardens and security marking any items which are valuable or would be difficult to replace.”

PCSO Hill added: “If anyone knows anything about these incidents, or would like more advice on crime prevention, then please contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.