Thieves target North Devon beach-goers

Visitors have packed North Devon's beaches during the heatwave - a tempting target for opportunist t

Visitors have packed North Devon's beaches during the heatwave - a tempting target for opportunist thieves. - Credit: Archant

Police report a series of thefts — including a £5,000 watch — at Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde during the recent hot weather.

LIGHT-FINGERED thieves have been taking advantage of the hot weather on North Devon’s beaches to pick up more than a sun tan.

Police have warned beach-goers to keep an eye on their belongings and never leave them unattended, following a series of thefts at local beaches during the past fortnight.

Opportunist thieves have taken all manner of goods, including two wetsuits left on a rock to dry by a mother attending to her children, at Putsborough on July 19 between 4-5.30pm.

At Saunton on July 21, a bag was stolen containing an expensive Panerai watch worth £5,000 plus an iPod and other items totalling some £600.


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The owner had been on the beach with his family when the theft occurred between 4-4.30pm and he told police someone had always been with the bag.

A £700 Canon digital SLR camera was taken after being placed on the grass near Ruda Holiday Park at Croyde for a few minutes on July 23; a surfboard worth £400 was taken at Putsborough on Thursday, July 25 at about 4pm and on Friday, July 26 a bag containing a black iPad Mini was stolen on Croyde Beach at around 8.05pm.

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“Please don’t leave bags or personal belongings unattended and especially if you are going in the water, always leave somebody with them,” said acting Sergeant David Thubron of Ilfracombe Neighbourhood Beat Team.

“If anyone saw anything or has any information about these incidents, please contact PCSO Dale Kingdon at Braunton Police Station via the 101 number.”

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