Witness appeal after thieves target caravans

POLICE are appealing for information after a spate of burglaries at a caravan site near Longhorsley.

Between the end of February and March 13, thieves broke into 13 caravans and stole items including televisions, CD and DVD players, games consoles, cosmetics and aftershave.

It is believed that the thieves may have used a vehicle in order to transport the stolen items and police are urging anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area recently to contact them.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “Before winter, officers worked closely with staff and residents at the parks and sites offering them advice on keeping their caravans safe and secure while they would be left empty.

“During the winter months, regular checks on the sites were carried out and officers kept in contact with staff and landowners via CaravanWatch and personal visits. But, as summer approaches and people start to return to their caravans, we are starting to receive reports of break-ins.

“Officers are speaking with staff and residents in the parks about crime prevention and they are also encouraging them to sign up to the CaravanWatch scheme and receive regular updates about suspicious vehicles, crimes and advice in their areas.

“Patrols around the parks and sites will increase from now and during summer to ensure that those visiting the area have a safe and enjoyable time while they are here.

“I’d ask anyone who sees any suspicious behaviour, vehicles or people near to or on any caravan sites to report it to police and we will come and investigate.”

Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.