Thieves break into allotment sheds in Ashlawn Road, Rugby

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

A number of tool boxes have been stolen after thieves broke into allotment sheds in Rugby.

The offenders targeted Ashlawn Road allotments on Tuesday night.

It is thought 12 sheds were broken into but only four have been reported to the police so far.

PC Ruth Eldridge, Beat Manager for Rugby Town East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We’ve had a number of reports of items being stolen from Ashlawn Road allotments.

“We are encouraging people to let us know if they have been affected by this.

“Residents can contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team for a burglary pack which will help keep their sheds and tool boxes more secure.”

Brian Caldecott, Allotment Association chairman, said the offenders poured petrol over the ground to contaminate it.

“A lot of tools were taken and the ground was contaminated so it will cost a lot of money to put right,” he said.

“They poured petrol all over.

“People put a lot of time into their allotments and we have around 75 members down here.”

The Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding a police surgery on Saturday at Rogers Hall, Deerings Road, from 10.30am to 12pm.

Everyone is welcome to go along and discuss any concerns.

Anyone with information about the allotment burglary can call police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 535 111.