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Yorkshire's cheese and meat burglars


5:20pm 9th March 2011

North Yorkshire Police are hunting for some cheese and meat burglars.

Over £1,000 worth of products have been stolen from two Wensleydale businesses over the weekend.

Thieves broke in to the Ribblesdale Cheese Company in Hawes and The Good Life business next door.

A camera, two laptops and a quantity of cash was also taken.

It's believed the break-ins happened between 5.30pm on Saturday 5th March and 7.30am on Sunday 6th March 2011.

The burglars stole over £500 worth of speciality cheeses from Ribblesdale Cheese including 18 blocks of sheep's milk cheese in a mixture of 2 and 2.2kg weights, 4kg of blue goat's cheese and three rounds of superior goat's cheese. Some of the cheese is marked with batch number D25 and dated April 2009. They also stole a camera, two laptops and a quantity of cash. 

Next door at The Good Life, around £620 worth of food was stolen including 11 five kilogram blocks of cheddar and Wensleydale cheese labelled as Karron Lodge. Burgers, steak and kidney pies, chicken nuggets and sausage rolls were also taken as well as 13 large containers of instant coffee, bags and tins of dog food and confectionary. 50 items of Namaste jewellery including earrings, necklaces and bracelets worth around £500 were also taken.

PC Alan Busby of Leyburn Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"The theft is quite unusual and we believe the goods may be destined for resale, either in a shop, door-to-door or car boot sale. I am therefore appealing to anyone who may be offered the items for sale including food outlets or shops to contact the police.

"These crimes have caused a lot of upset and  loss to local businesses. This is the last thing they need in the current financial climate.

"It's not only about the theft of the goods, but the disruption and inconvenience caused to law-abiding members of the public who keep the local economy going."

Anyone who has information which could help the police investigation is urged to get in touch.

Please call police on  0845 60 60 247 or you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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