Appeal after thieves target Richmond businesses

Gallowfields Trading Estate. Photo: Google.

Police have issued an appeal for information after thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of goods from Richmond businesses this week.

Five businesses were broken into between 6pm on Wednesday and 7am on Thursday.

The thieves took multi-use stoves, wood burners and gas fires from one business.

Two mountain bikes, a Stihl saw and a nail gun were taken from another.

Three other premises were entered, although it not believed any items were taken.

PC Gary Hankin, from the Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said the thieves may have driven a vehicle over the old racecourse to remove the goods.

He added: “We would appeal for any information that may help our investigation, including CCTV and dashcam footage taken in the area.

“We would also appeal to dog walkers who may have been on the old racecourse and who may have seen something suspicious.”

Last night, thieves were disturbed after breaking into the Richmondshire District Council depot on the trading estate at around 8.30pm.

Information is wanted on a silver Peugeot 407 seen in the area at the time.

It is not known if the incidents are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Please quote reference number 12210179470.

The officer dealing with the enquiry is PC912 Batey.