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Thieves strike at two Bishop's Stortford building sites

Police have issued an appeal after thieves targeted two building sites in Bishop's Stortford during the week.

Intruders entered compounds, cut holes in cargo containers and stole items including tools and surveying equipment.

Police said that the Stortford break-ins happened in Rye Street overnight on Monday and Tuesday (July 27-28) and in The Causeway on Wednesday (July 29). They did not give precise locations, but the Rye Street site could be either the St Michael's Hurst estate or the new Grange Paddocks leisure centre.

PC Scott Adamson said: "We're urging people to review their security and to take some simple steps to help keep sites more secure. Installing CCTV and alarms can be a good deterrent to would-be thieves, and taking high-value items home wherever possible is also encouraged.

"I'd also urge members of the public to keep an eye out for any signs of suspicious activity around construction sites. If you see things such as lights on at night or people taking photos of the area, please report it to police, making a note of any descriptions of people involved or vehicle registration numbers. We would rather attend to find that everything is in order than miss an opportunity to catch an offender in the act."

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the force communications room via webchat at herts.police.uk/contact or call non-emergency number 101.

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