Appeal after burglaries

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BUSINESSES and agricultural buildings have been targeted by burglars in Rutland.

A spate of thefts started at The Ram Jam services on the A1 at Stretton, which was broken into at 2.30am on Monday, but the burglars left with nothing when the alarm went off.

Oakham Pets’ Corner in Rutland Village, Ashwell, was broken into between 4.10pm on Sunday and 8.35am on Monday, but nothing was stolen.

A disused building in Barleythorpe Road and two sheds owned by Voluntary Action Rutland in the same road were broken into between 6pm on Friday last week and 9am on Monday.

Lead worth £1,000 and tools worth £5,000 were stolen.

A barn in Great Easton Road, Caldecott, was also targeted between 11.30am on Sunday and 6pm on Monday. Nothing was taken but there was substantial damage to the barn.

The spate ended on Wednesday morning when £3,500 worth of cigarettes were stolen from Morcott Service Station on the A47 between 9.45pm on Tuesday and 4.30am the following day.

Sergeant Tracey Willetts, of Rutland policing unit, said: “We are calling for the public to be the eyes and ears of the county.

“We don’t want somebody out there doing this.

“Burglary is a serious offence and effects people and their livelihoods.”

Anyone with information on any of the thefts, or that saw anything suspicious at the times mentioned, can contact police on 0116 222 2222.