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Warning for van drivers after new spate of break-ins in Milford, Lymington and Christchurch

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THOUSANDS of pounds of tools and equipment have been stolen in a spate of vehicle break-ins in Milford, Lymington and Christchurch.

Thieves targeted a van parked on Keyhaven Road in Milford overnight last Sunday and made off with thousands of pounds worth of tools and equipment including a disc cutter, nail gun, impact driver, drills, skill saws, batteries and chargers.

In another incident an Isuzu tipper was stolen from outside a home in Whitby Road, along with all the tools inside. It was later recovered.

This van was damaged in Keyhaven Road overnight on Sunday
This van was damaged in Keyhaven Road overnight on Sunday

Sharing details of the incident on social media, the van’s owner revealed that he had even lost his work boots kept inside.

They follow a string of similar thefts in both the Ashurst and Marchwood areas, as reported in the A&T.

Rosie Miller, whose husband Jamie was victim of the Keyhaven Road break-in, said the family felt “violated” and “heartbroken” by the incident.

She said: “We are absolutely devastated with what has happened. Jamie works so hard seven days a week to provide for our young family and has spent years and years buying and building up the tools he needs for his business.”

In another incident on Sunday a catalytic convertor was stolen from a van parked at Gordleton industrial estate near Lymington.

A number of thefts involving trade vehicles were also reported in Walkford and Highcliffe overnight on Sunday.

One van owner revealed on Facebook that thieves had smashed the front window of his vehicle before stealing several tools including two Makita impact drivers and two plastering whisks.

Another said his van was targeted in the Priory View Road area at around 3.30am. He added that after drilling out the door locks, thieves took power tools.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “Our officers in the community are continuing to follow-up on all reports of thefts from motor vehicles and exploring relevant lines of enquiry – including reviewing CCTV footage, with a view to bringing offenders to justice.

“We would urge local residents to remove all personal belongings from their vehicles each night.

“While this might seem laborious at the time, it might just save them from becoming a victim of crime.

“If residents see anything suspicious, please report it to us directly by calling 101, or via our online reporting portal on the Hampshire Constabulary website. As always, if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.”

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