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Police investigate Selby diesel theft


3:31pm 13th March 2012

Selby police are leaving no stone unturned as they hunt for thieves who stole diesel from a quarry.

Officers were alerted after the lock was broken off a compound and £700 worth of diesel was siphoned out of three machines at Hensall Quarry sometime between Friday 9th March and Monday 12th March 2012.

One of the machines targeted was an excavator and a total of 1000 litres of fuel is believed to have been taken.

Officers, who have been conducting forensic enquiries at the scene are appealing to anyone who has an information about the incident to get in touch.

Sergeant Matt Foale, of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“This is the latest of a few incidents of this nature recently and I am appealing to anyone who can help with our enquires to make contact with the police or Crimestoppers.

“I am urging anyone who saw any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area of the quarry over the weekend to come forward. Any information you have could be important to the investigation.”

Sgt Foale also urged residents and business owners to be vigilant and take the necessary security measures to protect their fuel.

He added:

“At a time when fuel prices are peaking, it is important to protect your property from thieves.

“Ensure that gardens, compounds, sheds or outbuildings are well lit and if possible install CCTV. It is also a good idea to get alarms fitted.

“Report any suspicious incidents as soon as possible, make a note of any suspicious vehicles and take a registration number.

“It is important that the police and the public work together to ensure that criminals don’t get an easy ride.”

Anyone who can help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Selby police.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12120039255.

For more crime prevention advice visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police/crimeprevention

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