Thieves target catering vans on the Team Valley
26 Feb 2016 13:33 PM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information after a number of catering vans have been targeted in the Team Valley Trading Estate.
In the last couple of weeks police have received five reports of catering vans and caravans having been broken into on the estate.
The offences have occurred in the Earlsway, Tenth Avenue, Eleventh Avenue, New Road and Queensway South areas.
The thieves are forcing their way into the caravans by damaging locks, doors and even cutting holes to get inside before stealing items including money, catering equipment and generators.
Enquiries are ongoing into the thefts and officers are carrying out extra patrols on evenings and nights to try and catch those responsible.
They are working alongside Valley Watch and are speaking with business owners reminding them to take steps to avoid being targeted and to report any suspicious activity to police.
Neighbourhood Inspector Michael Robson said: "Officers will be carrying out extra patrols across the Team Valley Trading Estate on evenings to try and catch those responsible and prevent further offences.
"I'd urge all catering van owners and local businesses on the Team Valley to be vigilant and aware of these recent incidents. Take steps to protect your business by not leaving any cash and valuables inside of the caravans overnight and by ensuring that your premises is locked and secure.
"If anyone sees any suspicious people or vehicles hanging around where catering vans and caravans are parked then please ring us on 101 and let us know, we will come and check it out."
Anyone with any information into the recent break-ins is asked to contact police in Gateshead on 101 quoting reference number 141 25/02/16.