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Lichfield and Burntwood number plate thieves targeted by police

Police are trying to track down thieves who have been stealing number plates across Burntwood and Lichfield.

The thefts follow similar incidents in Burton, Tamworth and Uttoxeter in recent months.

In Lichfield and Burntwood alone 18 vehicles have been targeted – and police are keen to bring an end to the thefts.

Inspector Ashley Farrington said:

“We are not exactly sure what is behind the increase in these thefts but they do cause an enormous amount of worry and concern to the vehicle owners involved.

“We know that some stolen registration plates are used in crime, but the number is relatively low and does not explain the underlying reasons behind the amount of plates reported stolen.”

One possible theory was that registration plates are being stolen as trophies for people to display in their homes or bedrooms.

Insp Farrington added:

“We want to put an end to these thefts and are appealing for help from drivers and members of the public. We are seeking as much information as possible to enable us to piece together a clear picture of what is happening so we can take the appropriate action.

“If necessary, we will make arrests and take people to court because although stealing a number plate from a car may seem trivial, it can damage the vehicle and put owners through unnecessary expense.”

Anyone with information about car registration plate thefts can contact Inspector Farrington at Burton police station, telephone 0300 123 44 55 or, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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