Here’s an appeal to anyone who is out and about at the break of dawn.
The Peak District has suffered three caravan theft incidents in the last week: one attempt and two successful.
These are happening around the time it is coming light and the offenders are going to great lengths to prepare their getaways. Twice this week they have dismantled sections of wall around the edges of the caravan sites and haven’t had to pass anything else on the site and risk causing a disturbance. This is an organised gang operating on us and we desperately need to put a stop to it.
We need your help.
Please take a close look at any caravans you see on the roads. They should have a number plate matching the towing vehicle; the towing vehicle will most likely require extender door mirrors; all the lights should be in working order; the towing vehicle will generally be something respectable and not an old van or scruffy car. You get the idea.
Please do not hesitate to call 999 if you see one which doesn’t look quite right.
One of this week’s was from Youlgreave. It was seen and reported speeding through the village and our thanks go to the person who rang it in straight away. Unfortunately, all the available police units were the other side of Matlock dealing with a trailer stolen from Youlgrave a short time before using a stolen van from Ilkeston by two men from Derby who were arrested in it, again thanks to someone seeing it on the road and ringing it in straight away. The two incidents were undoubtedly connected and an investigation is well underway trying establish the link.
One of the other caravan thefts was from Flagg. Bizarrely, the village had another theft that night of a quad and a billy goat. A connection has not been established, but it appears to be more than just a coincidence.
We’ve had numerous reports of a white van and a white Volvo car doing the rounds this week trying to distribute road shavings and tarmac. Their identities have been established and those behind the venture have been strongly advised to desist. A link to the caravan, goat and quad thefts has not been confirmed but, again, …… and thanks to those who have called us.
The goat, incidentally, is this chap in the picture. His family is upset by his disappearance as he is known to be quite a character. He’s very distinctive so please let us know if you hear of his whereabouts. He’s tall, very friendly and called Mr Tom.