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Post box thefts now reach six

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

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TWO more Royal Mail post boxes have been stolen in the Staffordshire Moorlands in a series of thefts believed to be linked.

Last week the Post & Times revealed that four post boxes of the type attached to a post had been stolen in the Cheddleton, Longsdon and Bottomhouse areas.

Now police have received a report that another post box was taken from Hulme End between 11am on Saturday, September 14, and 10.30am on Monday, September 16.

Officers have also received a report that a sixth post box was removed from the Hough Hill area of Brown Edge, near to the junction with Broad Lane.

The latest incident was reported to police on Friday, September 20.

Officers are now urging anyone with information or saw anything suspicious to come forward as they investigate the series of thefts.

Retired engineer Roger Cannon, who had posted several letters in the box at Hulme End, told the Post & Times the thefts were upsetting. He added: “It seems that I posted some letters and cards in the post box just before it was taken.

“The letters and cards I posted were to friends. I now realise that they could be anywhere.

“There were no valuable items in them, but is just the thought that someone has taken your personal mail and cards to friends.”

It is thought the boxes could be sold for scrap, or even offloaded to specialist dealers.

The first call to police was received on Thursday, September, 5, reporting the theft of a post box in Cheddleton Heath Road, Cheddleton.

It had been stolen between noon on September 3 and noon on September 4.

A call was then received from Royal Mail on Wednesday, September 11, reporting three post box thefts from Ashbourne Road, Bottomhouse; Sutherland Road, Longsdon; and Mollatts Wood Road, Leek.

An investigation into the incidents is now underway.

DS Scott McGrath, from Staffordshire Police, said: “This is clearly a developing trend and we believe the incidents are linked.

“Anyone who sees suspicious persons and/or activity around post boxes is urged to report it.

“The boxes could be perceived as being collectors’ items and the offenders may try to offload them on to antiques orspecialist dealers.

Please contact us if you are offered such items in suspicious circumstances."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 118 of September 11, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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