Raiders targeting caravan park branded ‘cancer in our midst’

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Raiders have made off with thousands of pounds worth of goods and equipment after a spate of break-ins at a caravan park.

The Ribble Valley Country and Leisure Park in Paythorne has been targeted by burglars who broke into a series of empty caravans on the site.

We have heard that up to 18 caravans were broken into over the weekend and the thieves stole a lot of expensive items and equipment

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Ribble Valley MP Mr Nigel Evans has urged Clitheroe Police to prioritise the thefts, describing the rash of incidents as a “cancer in our midst”.

One of the caravan owners on the site said: “We have heard that up to 18 caravans were broken into over the weekend and the thieves stole a lot of expensive items and equipment such as televisions, laptops, vacuum cleaners and alcohol.

“We are very worried about this and would like to make everyone who lives on here aware of what has happened so they can take extra security measures.”

The haul is believed to be worth around and £2,700 and many of the caravans had damage to their outer shells, including slash marks. The intruders had forced open doors and window locks to gain entry to the homes.

Police have urged static home owners to be vigilant and to consider having burglar alarms and CCTV systems fitted to deter thieves.

The Paythorne site is the latest in the Ribble Valley to be targeted by thieves who take advantage of the fact that many parks are quieter at this time and owners often move out and leave the caravans empty for long periods of time.

Police have also appealed for caravan owners resident on site to report any suspicious activity and also make a note of any vehicle types and registrations they are not familiar with, as raiders often check out the sites during the day before returning in the evening.

James Renwick, general manager of the Paythorne site, said: “We have stepped up security all night on the park.

“We have installed extra security lighting on the exits and perimeter, and we’re introducing number plate recognition so that any vehicle not registered to an owner from the park will be questioned.

“The police are carrying out patrols, and we have asked our owners to be vigilant.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.