Break-ins plague Wrexham allotments site


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

GARDENERS at an allotments have told of their disappointment after a spate of break-ins.

Six separate reports of thefts from sheds at the Erddig Road allotment were reported to North Wales Police between June 19 and 27, along with a report of two men behaving suspiciously at the allotments on Monday, June 23.

Several sheds had locks broken, with items such as hand tools stolen. The allotments has 19 full plots, 36 half plots and 61 quarter plots, split between Hollow Fields and Thomas Fields.

Dave Jones, from Marchwiel, said: “We’ve got the hedges and the fences for security and the gates are painted with anti-climbing paint, but they’re still coming in.
“They could be coming in through people’s back gardens.”

He added: “I know one owner a couple of plots up who was broken in to. It’s a bit disappointing, really.”

One allotment owner, who did not wish to be named, described the growing area as a “poacher’s paradise”. But he said, in terms of re-selling items for a profit, there was very little worth stealing from the sheds.

“We’ve no power tools here of any sort,” he said.“There’s only hand tools which you could pick up for a fiver for a load of them.

“They aren’t going to make any retirement funds from selling them. If they want some tools, we’d give it to them.

“We have enough – people come and go and they leave tools here.”

He added: “It does make you a bit despondent when you come up here and find your shed’s been broken in to.”

Hightown allotmenteer Geoff Foster said: “As far as I know, touch wood, my shed has been quite lucky.

“Somebody a couple of sheds away from me did get targeted, but that was many years ago.”

A spokesman for Wrexham Council, which owns the allotments, said: “We are aware of the break-in and we are working with police and allotment tenants about introducing an allotment watch scheme, which has proved successful in another area.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said any witnesses should call 101, giving crime reference number RC14094854.

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