People are being urged to remain vigilant after a gang threatened a driver in Barton-under-Needwood while they were trying to steal a catalytic converter.

The incident happened between 9pm and 9.30pm on 24th November.

Police said the group, who were wearing masks, were believed to be behind a number of attempts to take catalytic converters from vehicles in the area.

PCSO Rich Lymer said:

“On one occasion, the offenders were challenged by a victim who was then threatened with bats.  

“We are appealing to anyone who may have any information, saw anything suspicious or may have any CCTV or camera footage from any other devices to check this for a white coloured car that we believe may be involved.”

PCSO Rich Lymer, Staffordshire Police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 719 of 24th November.


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  1. And what will the courts do if these people are caught? A warning, a community service order, a suspended sentence, no further action? I think the police must despair at the derisory sentences handed out by the courts, after all the work they put in to catch criminals and the risks they face. Get rid of the CPS, and let the police prosecute, and make the sentences fit the crimes. Our criminal justice system needs a major overhaul to lock these people up and protect society from them.

  2. Why do they keep asking if any one has seen or heard anything,if they actually walked the streets they might learn more than sitting in their palace or driving around all day

  3. I’m afraid the days of coppers walking the beat are long gone, more’s the shame. These days they are probably tied up in ridiculous paperwork most of the time.

  4. John that is why the can’t catch any tea leaves they never leave desks. Catching crooks is difficult,when did you last see one in Market St. The last one I saw in town was in Morrisons buying a sandwich

  5. Mike- it’s not actually their fault, I’m sure most of them would rather be out doing what they joined the police for- preventing crime and catching criminals. Unfortunately the Home Office and other equally clueless departments pile more and more bureaucracy on them.

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