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Burglary At Hagley Garden Centre

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a burglary at Webbs Garden Centre in Hagley.

It happened between 6pm and 9.20pm yesterday, (Monday, 16 April) at the premises in Kidderminster Road South.

A West Mercia Police Community Support Officer was patrolling the area when she saw two men wearing balaclavas attempting to hitch a trailer to the back of a black 4x4 vehicle. On seeing her they drove off, leaving the trailer behind.

Having checked the premises it was discovered that offenders had broken in and stolen an orange and black Nissan forklift truck worth 7,500, a plastics recycling/crushing machine, five 15kg butane gas bottles worth 60 each, two 13kg patio gas bottles worth 30 each and a metal wheel barrow worth 30.

PC Ann O'Herlihy said: "The offenders would have needed a large vehicle to take away the forklift truck so it is likely that someone would have seen it being driven away.

"We would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in the area of the garden centre during the times stated, particularly any vehicles in unusual circumstances."

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact PC O'Herlihy on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident 717-S-160412, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Issued: Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

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