New appeal as rural thieves strike again

Knott End Coastguard has been hit by theives.
Knott End Coastguard has been hit by theives.
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Thieves have struck again in two rural areas a week after police appealed for information over a spate of burglaries.

Knott End Coastguard and Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club are the latest premises to be targeted making the number of burglaries across the two areas seven in a month.

Last week police appealed in The Gazette for information regarding burglaries on January 29 which included a butchers, barbers, stables, taxi office, and squash club.

But now two further break-ins have been reported – one on January 31 at Knott End Coast guard office and the other at Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club on Feburary 7.

Wardley’s club chairman Victor Matthews, 69 said: “All that they actually ended up taking was a pair of binoculars and some hair straighteners that were in one of the lockers, so they were personal belongings.

“But it’s not what they took it’s the damage that they have done. They forced the shed open and a container that kept personal stuff but they couldn’t actually get in but they damaged the lock in the process.

“Obviously we have security, and we have had past incidents which is why we have secure containers on site. Sadly this does happen in this day and age and is part of today’s culture so all we can do is try to make us as secure as possible.”

PC Gary Cross from Garstang and Over Wyre policing team, said: “We are particularly keen to speak to three men wearing high-visibility jackets who were seen in the area using a high top white van.

“If anybody saw anything, or can provide a registration number for the van, they can email garstangoverwyreandpoulton.npt@lancashire.pnn.police.uk and quote log LC-20150129-0147.”