Lichfield and Burntwood horse owners warned after spate of thefts

Police are again warning horse owners to be vigilant after more equestrian equipment was stolen in Staffordshire.

in the latest raid, offenders stole equipment including two saddles, two bridles, riding gloves and a generator from a stable in Swindon , near Wombourne, between 8.30pm on August 21 and 11.30am on August 22.

This followed the theft of £2,000 of equestrian equipment, including a pony carriage, Walsh and Zico harnesses, four sets of hobbles and ten horse bits, from a field in the Cannock area between 9.30pm on August 17 and 10am the following morning.

In July, thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of riding equipment from metal storage containers in Longner Gorse, near Wheaton Aston, and Shareshill.

PC Kate Hardt, Staffordshire Police’s Horsewatch contact, said:

“It appears that thieves are targeting equestrian equipment which is often stored in isolated, rural areas. We are urging horse owners and riders to step up security to safeguard their property and to be vigilant at all times. More details on appropriate security devices are available from south Staffordshire crime reduction officer Phil Russon on 01785 238337.”

Anyone with information about the crimes should ring PC 827 Hardt on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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