Bourne hit by thefts and break-ins

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THIEVES have struck in Bourne and the surrounding area this week.

On Monday night lead was stolen from The Red Hall in South Street once again.

Over the Christmas period the listed building, owned by the Bourne United Charities, had lead taken from one of its bay windows.

On Monday the same bay window covering, which was replaced at great expense, and two 8ft sections of lead drain pipes were stolen from the property.

In the process of dislodging the lead the thieves also broke a window on the building.

Chairman of Bourne United Charities estates committee Trevor Hollinshead said the charities might have to consider installing extra security lighting or CCTV cameras.

On the same night 100 metres of cabling was stolen from a sub station owned by Western Power Distribution in South Fen Road.

The cables were pulled up from the ground where they had been recently laid.

A spokesman from Western Power said: “Although on this occasion the cables weren’t live there are serious safety implications to this type of theft.

“It is a big risk for a relatively small gain.”

While the scrap value of the cables is relatively small, due to its small quantity of copper, the replacement costs to the electricity company are expected to be about £1,200.

Police believe the crimes are unconnected.

In the last year Lincolnshire Police have launched a special metal theft team as part of Operation Brompton, which despite recent events has reduced the number of incidents in the region.

The thefts come in a week when the town and surrounding area have been struck by a series of crimes.

On Sunday night the Angel Hotel, in North Street, Bourne, was broken into for the fourth time in two years. On this occasion entry was gained via a rear window in the reception toilet after the thieves had got into the secure gated area at Barlclays bank next door.

The thieves made off with £210 from the reception till.

Police retrieved tools believed to have been used during the break in that were left behind, including cutters, screw drivers, a chisel and crowbar.

The premises have been made secure and Police are investigating.

There have also been a series of “opportunist thefts” this past week.

In Aveland Drive, Billingborough, between 2pm on Sunday and 8.45am Monday, a quantity of garden toys were stolen from a garden and last week on Wednesday and Thursday three vehicles in South Street, Bourne, had items stolen from them when they were left unlocked.

Bourne Sector Inspector Mike Burnett said: “People need to be security conscious, particularly in the current economic climate because people are more likely to steal things now if they are given the opportunity.”

Anyone who has any information regarding these incidents should call police on 101.