Clovelly petrol thieves caught ‘red handed’

Police spot checks help target rural crime

POLICE stop checks in Clovelly have resulted in the arrest of two men caught siphoning petrol.

The men were discovered with a siphoning kit and a full can of freshly stolen fuel nearby by officers on Thursday. They admitted the offence and were later detained for the night before being released with a caution.

Local officers carried out the targeted programme of visits and checks after a car stereo and tools were reported stolen from a car at the Clovelly Visitors’ Centre car park on July 19.

PC Dick Rowlands, Bideford rural neighbourhood beat manager, said: “They were caught red-handed. We hope this gives local people reassurance that we are out there even if they haven’t personally seen us for a while.

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“It also highlights the effectiveness of reporting all incidents so that we can target our patrols effectively.”

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