Police warn Midhurst and Petworth residents after burglaries

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SUSSEX Police has issued a warning following a spate of burglaries from properties across the Midhurst and Petworth area.

Residents are now being advised to ensure all properties and valuables have been secured, after more than eight thefts in less than seven days.

A police spokesman said: “Within the Linchmere, Loxwood and Lavant areas, a number of burglaries 
and thefts from properties and outbuildings have occurred over the last week.

“Please ensure that you protect your property.

“Make sure your sheds and outbuildings are locked appropriately.

“Our officers are out on patrol in these areas, but please report anything that seems out of place or suspicious. Call 101 or for emergency calls 999.”

In Linchmere, between 5pm on January 9 and 7am on January 10, police received reports that outbuildings had been entered and a Stihl chainsaw and a Stihl leaf blower were stolen.

Overnight on January 9, a garage in the area was entered and a petrol hedge trimmer and petrol leaf blower were removed.

In another property on the same evening, sheds and a vehicle were forced into at a property.

A Stihl chainsaw and welder were stolen. Also in Linchmere, sometime between January 6 at 4.30pm and January 10, a garage was entered and a chainsaw, leaf blower and strimmer were removed.

Overnight on January 11, outbuildings in Linchmere were broken into and a Stihl chainsaw was stolen.

In Loxwood, on January 10 between 6pm and 8.15pm, a property was entered and silverware and jewellery was stolen.

Between midday on January 10 and midday on January 14, a caravan in Loxwood was entered but nothing was taken.