Police warn builders as thieves target Shildon construction site

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BUILDERS working on a large-scale housing development on the outskirts of Shildon are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of thefts.

Thieves are targeting the site next to Spout Lane where they have stolen building materials and plant machinery.

Police are investigating several incidents over recent weeks.

In one crime, a blue Bomag Steam Roller was taken from the site on January 8 and a blue Bobcat tractor the next night.

Then on Wednesday, February 26 fencing materials were taken from a small compound off Spout Lane at around 10.45pm.

It is thought they were loaded into a flat bed truck before being driven off.

The police are meeting with Persimmon Homes and Dunelm, the main developers, in an effort to tackle the thefts.

Investigations have revealed that although residents saw people acting suspiciously at the time offences were carried out, they failed to call the police.

Residents are urged to call 999 if they see anyone acting suspiciously near the site. Details on any of the thefts should be passed to Shildon police on 101.

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10:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

old gadgee says...

SO we are asked to phone 999 when thefts affect a business/building site, but we are INSTRUCTED to only dial 101 when someone knicks from us?

I would point out that although it is very wrong to steal from anyone, taking from a big profit earning house builder will be a minute pain in the a*se to them, taking from ordinary private folks can, and usually does, have a devistating effect on their finances and often results in them not even being visited by our County's finest law upholders. You are lucky if you even get a crime no. to pass on to your insurers - if you have been able to afford insurance in the first place.
Sadly MONEY goes to MONEY - the same as priorities do!
SO we are asked to phone 999 when thefts affect a business/building site, but we are INSTRUCTED to only dial 101 when someone knicks from us? I would point out that although it is very wrong to steal from anyone, taking from a big profit earning house builder will be a minute pain in the a*se to them, taking from ordinary private folks can, and usually does, have a devistating effect on their finances and often results in them not even being visited by our County's finest law upholders. You are lucky if you even get a crime no. to pass on to your insurers - if you have been able to afford insurance in the first place. Sadly MONEY goes to MONEY - the same as priorities do! old gadgee
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10:58pm Tue 4 Mar 14

old gadgee says...

Whoa!!!
Please read devastating in stead of devistating - should have gone to Specsavers - Ha!
Whoa!!! Please read devastating in stead of devistating - should have gone to Specsavers - Ha! old gadgee
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6:09am Wed 5 Mar 14

darloboss says...

i wonder who would have taken tarmacing machinery
i wonder who would have taken tarmacing machinery darloboss
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11:32am Wed 5 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Darloboss - you old cynic :)
Darloboss - you old cynic :) Voice-of-reality
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