Anglers warned by police to hold onto their tackle

POLICE across the Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope area are urging fishing enthusiasts to make sure they lock up their equipment securely after several thefts involving fishing equipment.

In Gordon Road, Stanford-le-Hope, between 7pm on Wednesday, May 11 and 4pm on Thursday, May 12 a suspect gained entry to an insecure Ford car and stole fishing clothing worth an estimated £200 and £15 loose change.

In Gardner Avenue, Corringham, between 11.30am on Thursday, May 12 and 8.30am the next day, a suspect gained entry to a garage by forcing the door, and stole an estimated £3,000 worth of fishing equipment.

Pc Nathan Stanford, of the Tilbury response team, said: “We have noticed quite a few garage burglaries and theft from cars where fishing equipment has been stolen. Obviously this equipment is quite expensive, so I would appeal to fishing enthusiast to ensure they leave their equipment in a safe and secure place. If you do have to leave it in an outbuilding, please invest in proper security such as lighting or a shed alarm, to deter thieves from targeting your property.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Stanford at Tilbury police station on 0300 333 4444 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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