Allotments are targeted
April 24, 2008
Youths breaking into allotments are continuing to cause a nuisance.
There have been six reported cases of vandalism to sheds in the Ormonde Road allotments in the last few weeks.
Thieves have taken tools from the sheds but dumped the haul before leaving the allotment site.
Last weekend one allotment holder found a pile of discarded tools, and put them in his car for safekeeping.
Police believe the youngsters are breaking in to sheds to see what is inside rather than with the express intent to steal tools.
However, they say anyone found vandalising property at the allotments will be dealt with strongly.
Sergeant Christina Berenger of Wokingham police station said: “We ask parents to make sure they know where their children are at weekends, and tell them not to go in to the allotments.”
PCSO Jennie Skilton said: “They are committing crimes and it is dangerous, because there could be chemicals used for gardening in there. It’s for the children’s own welfare.
“Names of people found will be given to the anti-social behaviour co-ordinator and if they are committing a criminal offence they will be arrested.”
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