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Horse owners across Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to remain vigilant after a second theft of equestrian equipment in Staffordshire. Offenders broke into a metal storage container in Longner Gorse, between Church Eaton and Wheaton Aston, overnight on July 28-29 and took £6,000 worth of equipment. The raiders stole nine sets of Zilco and Walsh American trotting harnesses, an Equissage horse roller (without batteries), three saddles and three hunter bridles. The theft followed a similar crime in Orchard Lane, Shareshill, on July 27 in which equestrian equipment worth more than £1,600 was taken. Officers believe the break-ins may be linked. They are urging anyone with information to ring PC 827 Kate Hardt at Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Police are also urging horse enthusiasts to safeguard their property by improving security. A variety of devices are available to protect property in rural, isolated areas. For more details, contact south Staffordshire crime reduction officer Phil Russon on 01785 238337.


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