Thieves make get away over fields as rural property crime rises.

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An industrial property in Forton has been targeted by thieves who stole over £8,000 worth of gardening equipment.

The property, which has previously been victim to a burglary, had items such as chainsaws, saws, tools and lawnmowers stolen and police are now warning residents to be aware if they are offered such items.

Community beat manager for Garstang and Over Wyre police Dave Kerfoot said: “The offenders went to some lengths to prepare an escape route over the fields at the rear of the property.

“We are following up on some leads that have been provided to us but have not identified any suspects at this time.

“At this time none of the property has been recovered.

The incident comes after a warning by police for local residents to be on their guard after they noticed an increase in thieves accessing rural properties over fields.

A vehicle parked on a driveway in Inglewhite was last month broken in to when culprits gained access over the fields on to the driveway of the property, in Bourne Brow, and stole a wallet and other contents. A similar incident was also recorded in Goosnargh.

Dave Kerfoot said: “Crime in the Garstang and Over Wyre area is still low, especially when compared to other areas, but we have noticed a recent increase in industrial burglary and theft offences in our area. We have always relied on the valuable information provided by the local community and this applies even more so in these times of austerity and reducing numbers of officers, therefore we would ask people to be vigilant and, if something doesn’t look or feel right, to let us know by either ringing 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. “You can also use Crimestoppers or email the team at garstangoverwyreandpoulton.npt@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.”