Police look to quiz old lady over thefts

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Police are looking to speak with an elderly lady in connection with a number of thefts from gardens and churches.

Officers say there have been several reports of ornaments being stolen from St Clement’s Church Cemetery, on Church Street, Horsley, over the last 
few months.

Sometime between 6pm on Sunday, March 8, and 6.30am the following day, a number of garden ornaments and equipment were taken from a property on The Orchard, in Horsley Woodhouse.

Items taken in the thefts include: a hanging basket, lanterns and a 
watering can.

Officers are now looking to speak to an elderly woman who was allegedly seen in the same area the night before, putting items into the boot of her car.

Police Community Support Officer Anna Welberry from the Shipley, Smalley and Horsley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Some of the items taken from across the local area, especially from the cemetery, have huge sentimental value to residents.

“Local officers will be stepping up uniformed patrols at key times and working alongside St Clement’s Church staff and volunteers in a bid to catch those responsible.

“We’re urging people to be vigilant to these crimes and ask them to contact us with any information, using the 101 number.”

If you know any information about the thefts, call police on 101.

Alternatively, to report any information annonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.