Police warning after transit vans stolen

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Police are warning motorists to be on their guard after two white transit vans were stolen in two consecutive days.

Overnight Saturday into Sunday, a transit van, worth £6,000, was stolen from outside an address in Queen Street, Whalley. In a separate incident, thieves drove off in a white transit van worth £20,000 parked at the rear of a house in Church Street, Ribchester. The theft occurred at 6-40 am on Monday.

Police are not linking the crimes, but are urging van owners in the Ribble Valley to be extra vigilant and to keep their vehicles secure. Sgt Craig Garret, of Clitheroe Police, said: “It is incredibly important for owners of any vehicle to ensure that it is always kept secure, particularly those who are delivering or working from their vans. Never leave the keys in the ignition or inside the vehicle and try not leave any expensive work tools inside.”

Residents are also reminded that during the winter months, vehicles should always be kept secure and never left unattended when de-icing windscreens.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.