Rogue trader alert after water company uniforms stolen by raiders

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Raiders hit the Southern Water site in Bury Road (picture: Google)

RESIDENTS are urged to be wary of doorstep callers claiming to be from Southern Water after uniforms were stolen in a raid on its Marchwood site.

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Thieves forced their way into the premises in Bury Road on Tuesday night, and took a washing machine containing the clothing.

The incident prompted local police to warn householders across the Waterside they could fall victim to rogue traders and doorstep thieves as a result.

“We would like to bring to your attention that one of Southern Water’s business premises in our area was burgled over the past few days,” the message from the Hardley Neighbourhood Policing Team said.

“As well as equipment being taken, some of the uniform belonging to Southern Water was also taken.

“We ask that if anyone from Southern Water comes to the door that you respectfully re-quest ID, as there is a potential for rogue traders and ‘doorstep burglaries’ taking place if companies uniforms are being used by others.”

Officers are calling for people to come forward if they saw any suspicious activity around the time of the raid or can help track down those responsible.

A force spokesperson told the A&T: “We received a report that between 12am and 7am on 23rd September, a burglary took place at a Southern Water site on Bury Road, Southampton.

“Entry was forced to the site and a washing machine containing Southern Water branded clothing was stolen.”

Those with information should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44200369471, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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