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Outbuildings targeted in spree of thefts in Great Cornard, Stoke-by-Nayland and Kersey

Thieves broke into at least six outbuildings, garages and sheds across three south Suffolk villages in just one week, prompting police to urge residents to take security measures to prevent further incidents.

A public appeal for information has been launched after a series of burglaries, which took place in Great Cornard, Stoke-by-Nayland and Kersey, with power tools or garden equipment stolen in almost all cases.

A garage in Upper Tye, Great Cornard, was broken into between 8.50pm on February 25 and 8am on February 27, after the padlock was cut off, resulting in a quantity of power tools being stolen (crime reference 37/12570/20).

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Two properties in Wickerstreet Green, Kersey, were also targeted in quick succession. In one instance, entry was gained into a secure barn, before a Bianchi road bike, a Cube road bike and gardening equipment were stolen (crime reference 37/12811/20).

On the same street, the padlock of an outbuilding was broken some time between February 25 and February 27, leading to the theft of various tools (crime reference 37/12951/20).

A pair of burglaries also took place in Scotland Street, Stoke-by-Nayland. The first instance saw the theft of a large quantity of power tools from an outbuilding between 10pm on Friday and 3am the next day, after entry was gained by forcing open a window (crime reference 37/12995/20).

Nearby, a shed was broken into after the door was forced off its hinges between 1am and 3.30pm, with gardening equipment and a hand tool being stolen (crime reference 37/12991/20.)

Elsewhere in the village, a garage in The Blundens was forced open by unscrewing the door hinges, between 4.30pm on Saturday and 7am the next day, before access was gained to an unlocked vehicle, although it is not believed that anything was stolen (crime reference 37/13223/20).

Anyone with any information about any of these incidents should contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting the relevant crime reference number in each case. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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