Brazen thieves uproot two car park pay machines

Thieves' target: The Hollinshead Street car park
Thieves' target: The Hollinshead Street car park
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Thieves have made off with council car park pay machines.

The pay and display machines were stolen after being ripped from out of the ground in daylight on two separate Chorley Council public car parks.

The council said the nothing was left where the machines had stood apart from bolts and a cable. It will be reviewing security arrangements.

Raiders struck at the George Street and the Hollinshead Street car parks - both in the town centre.

The Hollinshead Street car park is just at the rear of the council’s Union Street offices. It is used as a staff car park, from Monday to Friday, between 8am to 6pm and as a public display on Saturdays only when users pay at the machine. The George Street car park is near the top of Market Street.

Both have ‘safer parking awards.’

Police have appealed for witnesses or information regarding the incidents.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said they were made aware of the theft of the George Street car park on October 26 at around midday.

“Unknown offenders approached a local authority car park and removed a large pay and display car parking meter and made off with it,” said the spokesperson.

“There have been no arrests.”

Anyone who saw anything or has any information can ring police on 101 quoting reference 490 on October 26.

Coun Peter Wilson, who oversees car parking and the town centre at Chorley Council, said: “Pay and display machines were recently stolen from two car parks in Chorley town centre. We have reported the incidents to the police and will be reviewing the security around them.”