Thieves target parking meters in Newcastle
14 Apr 2016 13:10 PM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information after a number of thefts of car parking meters in Newcastle.
Since the beginning of the year there has been six reports from areas across the city including Coach Lane, Sandyford, streets around Newcastle University and the Quayside area.
The thefts involve the offenders using cutting equipment and in some incidents parts of the machines have been cut off and stolen and in others the whole thing has been taken.
The incidents appear to be happening overnight but on busy streets and near to houses and accommodation.
Police are appealing for information to help catch those responsible.
Newcastle Inspector Neil Brotherton said: "Who ever is committing these thefts could be posing as legitimate looking workmen and a member of the public may think that they were carrying out genuine repair work on ticket machines.
"I'd ask if anyone sees anybody carrying out what looks like cutting work at these type of machines, particularly overnight, that they ring us and report it on 101 just to be on the safe side.
"We can check it out quickly with the local authority and make sure it's legitimate and if not then we can take action."
The city council’s Car Parking Manager, Craig Mordue, said: "We regularly empty our ticket machines so there is very little cash in them. With the prevalence of CCTV there is also a good chance that people committing these crimes will be caught on camera so this really is a high risk crime for very little gain.
"We would urge anyone with any information to contact the police so these people can be caught."
Anyone with information into any of the thefts is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 111 17/02/16.