Warning to Ripley horse owners after thefts

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Horse owners are being urged to secure their property following a number of tack thefts in Ripley and Pinxton.

Overnight between 5pm on Sunday, February 15 and 3pm on Monday, February 16, offenders forced open two locks to gain entry into an outbuilding at a property on Warmswell Lane in Ripley.

Once inside, thieves carried out a search and made off with two saddles and three horse harnesses. (CR/6775/15)

Horse equipment was also stolen from a lorry at a site on Pinxton Wharf in Pinxton after offenders gained entry to the land and slashed the sides of the vehicle to gain entry.

A number of items including bridles, saddles, horse jumps and lunging equipment were stolen during the incident which took place between 4pm on Thursday, February 12 and 5am on Friday, February 13. (CR/6617/15)

Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Neil Glover said: “Following these incidents I would encourage residents, particularly within the equestrian community, to consider their own security by ensuring that any sheds, garages and outbuildings are properly secure and that their valuables are security marked.

“I would like to ask the local community to contact us with any information to the incidents where tack has been stolen to help us to bring those responsible to justice.

“Also, please be aware that if you are offered items for sale then always question where they have come from and why the individual is selling them. They could be stolen goods.”

Anyone with any information about either of the incidents is asked to contact police on 101 quoting the crime number above, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For crime prevention advice or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.