Trail of post box thefts near Combe Martin

Four small post boxes similar to this one have been smashed open and emptied in the Combe Martin are

Four small post boxes similar to this one have been smashed open and emptied in the Combe Martin area. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Witnesses sought after thieves destroy and empty four Royal Mail boxes in one night.

SEVERAL Royal Mail post boxes in the Combe Martin area have been smashed and emptied in one night.

Police said overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 9-10, thieves broke open and stole the contents of four boxes at Berry Down, Easter Close, Kentisbury and by the Old Station Inn, Blackmoor Gate.

All were small boxes mounted on a pole and were in order at 6pm the previous evening, with the crimes committed sometime between then and 1.15am.

“This is a very unusual series of offences, which are likely linked because of the time period and the method used,” said North Devon Inspector Roger Bartlett.


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“We are working with the Royal Mail investigation team and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to dial 101, quoting log number 117/10/10.

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