Great Massingham: Gardeners shocked and saddened by allotment raid

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Gardeners have lost hundreds of pounds worth of equipment after thieves targeted a village’s allotments.

Residents in Great Massingham are shocked after a series of sheds in Mill Lane were raided by burglars on Tuesday last week.

Rotavators and lawn mowers along with tools and petrol were loaded onto a van.

Police will be advising allotment holders on how to improve security at the site and officers are appealing for more information on the theft.

Chairman of the Allotment Association, the Rev Julian Thomson said thieves looked into 16 sheds during the raid.

He said: “It is a soft target as there’s no fencing or gates and there are open fields. Perhaps they were just taking a chance.

“It is very sad that people feel the need to steal and cause distress like this.

“Hopefully in the future we will be less vulnerable.”

The thieves took equipment from three of the sheds.

Two rotavators along with lawn mowers a strimmer and garden tools were taken.

The total value of the theft is estimated to be £500 and much of the stolen equipment was not insured.

The allotments, which are owned by Great Massingham Parish Council, are very popular with 35 plots being used by residents.

Parish council chairman Andrew Bickerton said; “People are very upset. There has been a lot of valuable machinery taken and most of it will not have been insured.”

Officers from Dersingham and Gayton Safer Neighbourhood Team will be offering security advice to the Allotment Association next week.

Anyone with information on the theft should call officers on the 101 non-emergency number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.