Colchester PCSO wades through mud and nettles to fetch safe stolen and discarded during Suffolk burglary

PCSO Sarah Hardy of Colchester police retrieving a safe from a bridge in Marks Tey. Picture: ESSEX P

PCSO Sarah Hardy of Colchester police retrieving a safe from a bridge in Marks Tey. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

A Colchester community police officer waded through mud and nettles to recover a stolen safe which will soon be reunited with its owner.

PCSO Sarah Hardy of Colchester police. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

PCSO Sarah Hardy of Colchester police. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Sarah Hardy and Lee Compton from Colchester’s Community Policing Team were alerted by an off-duty inspector to a safe that had been discarded under a bridge in Marks Tey on August 1.

The pair made their way to the scene and quickly located the safe that had been broken into and contained documents with an address on.

The surrounding area was muddy and covered in stinging nettles but that did not deter PCSO Hardy from wading through the nettles to recover the safe.

The pair found that the safe had been reported stolen following a burglary in Suffolk in July 2017. Jewellery and money had been stolen from the safe prior to it being discarded.

They are now working with the Suffolk Constabulary on the investigation to ensure the owner of the safe is reunited with it as quickly as possible.

PCSO Hardy said: “Although this is my job, I will do whatever it takes to see it through and try to get the best results.

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“I was determined to get to this safe and the documents even if it had not been reported stolen, it clearly belonged to someone.”