Van drivers urged to act

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A CATALYTIC converter marking session will be held in Sudbury following a rise in thefts.

More than 50 converters have been stolen across Babergh since the start of the year, prompting police to organise a free etching event for vans at Red Star Garage on the Woodhall Business Park on Thursday.

The majority of vehicles targeted in the thefts were commercial vehicles, with only three from private cars. More than half involved Mercedes Sprinter vans.

Babergh crime reduction officer Verity Lines said: “The Sudbury area seems worst hit. From January to March, there were 27 thefts in Sudbury and 11 in Great Cornard.

“The idea of the day is to raise awareness of catalytic converter thefts and it will also offer the opportunity for businesses and members of the public to come along to get advice and see what anti-theft devices are available.”

The “protect your van day” will run from 9am to 1pm and officers will be on hand to offer crime reduction advice.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Verity Lines on 101.