Call for vigilance following spate of van break-in incidents in Warrington Date published: 3rd April 2019 3.10pm

Cheshire Constabulary is urging van owners to be vigilant following a spate of break-ins across Warrington.

On Tuesday 2 April the force received seven reports of thieves targeting vans in the town, in Lymm, Woolston, Latchford and Thelwall.

Tools were stolen from four vans – on Whitesands Road in Lymm between 5.30pm on Monday 1 April and 8.30am on Tuesday 2 April, in Timberscombe Gardens in Woolston between 8pm and 10pm on Monday 1 April, on Higher Lane in Lymm between 12.00am and 6am on Tuesday 2 April and in St Mary's Street in Latchford between 8pm and 10.45pm on Tuesday 2 April.

Thieves also attempted to gain entry to vans in Cherry Lane in Lymm (between 9pm on Monday 1 April and 7am on Tuesday 2 April) and in Monmouth Close in Woolston (at approximately 9.30pm on Monday 1 April).

And a man was disturbed attempting to break into a van on Stockport Road in Thelwall at around 10.45pm on Tuesday 2 April. He fled in a navy blue Volkswagen Golf towards Lymm.

It is not known at this stage if any of the break-in incidents are linked.

Chief Inspector Simon Meegan, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “With us receiving several reports of thieves targeting vans in Warrington this week we are urging motorists to be vigilant and to take steps to reduce the chances of their vehicles being broken into.

“I also appeal to anyone with any information or CCTV or footage regarding any of the break-in incidents to come forward.

“Perhaps you saw or have footage of someone acting suspiciously in the areas that vans were targeted, or maybe you have information relating to the man who drove off in a VW Golf after attempting to break into a van in Thelwall.

“If you think that you can help in any way with our investigations into the incidents please get in touch.”

The force’s advice for reducing the chances of your van being broken into are:

  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and never leave it unlocked or with windows down
  • Tools and other items of value should never be left in full view and should not be kept inside a vehicle overnight wherever possible
  • If your vehicle does not have an alarm, get one fitted by a professional so that you and anyone nearby will be alerted to a break-in.

Anyone with information or CCTV footage in relation to any of the break-in incidents in Warrington should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The IML numbers to quote are 363599 (Whitesands Road in Lymm), 363963 (Timberscombe Gardens in Woolston), 363321 (Higher Lane in Lymm), 364013 (St Mary's Street in Latchford), 363255 (Cherry Lane in Lymm), 363483 (Monmouth Close in Woolston) and 364006 (Stockport Road in Thelwall).

To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.