POLICE are hunting thieves who stole a 3ft-high gnome from a South Tyneside garden.
The theft happened between 12.30am and 8.30am on Wednesday, August 7, in Falstone Avenue, South Shields.
Officers are appealing for information about the theft and asking anyone with any information to contact them.
Residents are also reminded to make sure their gardens are secure.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson, said: “We want to remind people that most of these thieves are opportunist and for whatever reason are stealing garden furniture and ornaments.
“We know people want to decorate their garden with ornaments and plant pots as well as leave garden furniture out, especially during the summer months, however we would advise them to make sure their gardens are secure and not easily accessible.”
The advice forms part of operation Soundwave which is aimed at silencing opportunist criminals during the summer months.
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk
Police are also asking people to be on their guard against door-to-door sellers and report any suspicious activity.
(Reproduced from Shields Gazette, 8th August)
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