Suffolk: Warning after spate of festive thefts

POLICE are warning festive homeowners to keep Christmas decorations secure after a spate of thefts from front gardens.

A 6 ft artificial tree complete with lights was stolen from a front garden in Church Road, West Row, between 1am and 7am on Monday.

Festive lights in the shape of a Father Christmas flying a plane were also snatched from a lawn in Beeches Road, West Row between 9pm on Sunday and 7.30am on Monday.

Lights in the shape of four reindeer and a sleigh were taken from a garden in St John’s Street, Beck Row around midnight on Sunday.

A car was seen driving away from the property.

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Christmas lights in the shape of Santa and his reindeer were also stolen from a front garden in Field Road, Mildenhall between 4.45pm on Sunday and 6pm on Monday.

A police spokeswoman said officers would like to hear from anyone who may have been offered repaired Christmas lights for sale in suspicious circumstances.

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She also advised home owners to use motion-sensor lighting to deter thieves.

“Lights and decorations should be secured to buildings or trees and placed out of reach as much as possible,” she said.

Anyone with information about the stolen items can call the Brandon safer neighbourhood team on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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