Spate of num­ber plate thefts

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

PO­LICE are of­fer­ing a £150 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion af­ter a spate of thefts of num­ber plates from cars.

Six num­ber plates have been tar­geted in Stam­ford re­cently and po­lice have warned crooks they are on their case.

Nor­mally, when plates are stolen they are used on cars in­volved in crimes at a later date, but these plates do not ap­pear to be be­ing used for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and of­fi­cers be­lieve they may be be­ing col­lected – pos­si­bly by young­sters.

In­spec­tor Gary Ste­wart said: “Six cars have been tar­geted re­cently and we did have a sim­i­lar spike last year.

“We want to get on top of the prob­lem be­fore it de­vel­ops. There doesn’t seem to be any com­mon thread in terms of the types of cars they are be­ing taken from, or the par­tic­u­lar years of plate be­ing stolen.

“But the fact they are not be­ing used for crime does sug­gest they are be­ing col­lected.”

He said po­lice wanted to re­mind young­sters and par­ents that this is a crim­i­nal of­fence and they will be look­ing to pros­e­cute.

He added “A crim­i­nal con­vic­tion can ruin your fu­ture in terms of ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment prospects and we are urg­ing who­ever is do­ing this to stop.

“This is caus­ing a lot of in­con­ve­nience and cost to lo­cal mo­torists and we are of­fer­ing this re­ward to en­cour­age peo­ple to come for­ward and help us with our in­quiries.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dents, please call Lin­colnshire Po­lice on 0300 1110300 or Crime stop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555111.

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