Police issue warning after caravan theft

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and offering advice following a recent theft and the attempted thefts of caravans in the Selby district.

The theft of the cream and ivory Avondale 565, occurred between 8pm on Monday 28 June and 6.45am on Tuesday 29 June from farmland near Toulston, Tadcaster. At the time of the theft the caravan was located out of sight of the road and had been secured with a hitch lock and a wheel clamp, both of which have also been stolen.

The attempted theft took place on Tuesday 29 June 2010, at approximately 1.40pm, at an address on Hillam Hall View, Hillam, near Selby. Two men in a silver Renault Laguna were spotted as they tried to hitch the caravan, which was on the driveway of the property, to the Laguna. They then drove off in an unknown direction.

There has also been the report of suspicious activity in Hensall when two men were seen at approximately 2.30am on Tuesday 29 June paying close attention to a number of caravans which were parked on Finkle Street in the village.

The only description of the men is that one was wearing a three quarter fluorescent jacket and the second man was wearing a dark coloured denim jacket.

As well as the theft and attempted theft of the caravans, there has also been a recent rash of thefts of property from caravans. The thefts have occurred when people are preparing to use the caravan and opportunist thieves have taken advantage of this. Other thefts from caravans have occurred overnight when they have been unattended.

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PC Graham Smith, of Sherburn-in-Elmet Safer Neighbourhood Team, who is leading the enquiry said: “I would ask that anyone who knows anything about any of these incidents to contact me as soon as possible. If anyone sees anybody acting suspiciously or paying particular attention to their property they should report it to North Yorkshire Police as soon as possible. Can I take this opportunity to remind owners of caravans to ensure that they keep them locked whenever they are away from them. Even if they are using them on a regular basis, high value items such as televisions should be kept out of view and preferably kept in the home when not being used.”

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the stolen caravan or has any information about the identity of the men who tried to steal the caravan from Hillam Hall View they are asked to contact PC Graham Smith on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100106782. Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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