CCTV clue to mean thieves who targeted honesty stall FOUR times

Thieves who pilfered an honesty stall serving the village of St Michaels have struck a second, third and fourth time, devastating the owners.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 8:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 9:02 am
Photo Neil Cross.
  John Swale at the honesty box Milk Bar at St Michaels-on-Wyre
Photo Neil Cross. John Swale at the honesty box Milk Bar at St Michaels-on-Wyre

But farmers Anne and John Swale hold some hope of catching the culprits after the CCTV they paid for after the first incident gave police images, a car registration and a car make.

Officers are still investigating the crimes on Hall Lane after more than 50 bottles of milk were stolen along with large amounts of honey, bread and eggs but are searching for a light coloured Peugeot 206.

The Milk Bar was first targeted in February but the thieves came back for more, even trying to force open the cash tin.

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Lancashire Police were unable to supply the CCTV footage to the media. Owners of St Michaels Hall Farm hope the thieves stealing from their ‘milk bar’ will be caught thanks to their CCTV.

Farmers Anne and John Swale set up the honesty stall selling every day essentials such as cheese, milk, eggs and honey to serve the flood-hit village but were shocked one night when a car pulled up and stole the lot.

Since then, the culprits have been back three times, but Anne, 44, says the stall will keep going despite losing money.

“We thought putting the camera up after the first time would deter them, but obviously it hasn’t,” she said. “It is hard to keep going but we will and the stall is restocked and out again. The police have taken fingerprints, and have the make, model and registration of the car so hopefully they will be caught.”

Anne and her husband John, 56, were heavily flooded during Storm Desmond in December and thought the stall was a good way of selling their products as well as helping the flood-hit community.

The latest incident happened on March 27 between 7.40pm and 7.50pm and police are searching for a light coloured Peugeot 206.

Garstang Police posted on Facebook saying: “There are obvious lines of enquiry being made and our concern is that this vehicle is circulating the Over Wyre area committing opportunistic offences. If you know anything regarding this offence please get in touch on 101 quoting WB1602440.”