Police hunt for gang who stole £25K of ski jackets from Go Outdoors

Go Outdoors, Horbury
Go Outdoors, Horbury

Police are hunting for a gang of masked burglars who stole £25,000 worth of outdoor clothing from a shop.

The suspects used a saw or an angle grinder to break into the back of Go Outdoors, on Hostingley Lane, Middlestown.

Sgt Jonathan Day, of the Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT) said the gang mainly stole expensive ski-jackets.

He said: “They appear to have driven around the back of the shop and used something like a saw or an angle grinder to get in through the door.”

The burglary took place on Sunday night, March 16.

Because it was dark at the time, CCTV cameras failed to pick up the suspects or the vehicle they used.

The burglary was highlighted in the latest Sitlington Safe Scheme police report which was presented by officers at the last Sitlington Parish Council meeting.

The latest crime figures for the parish revealed there had been an increase in anti-social behaviour.

In March there were three complaints to police about nuisance youths.

Officers investigated reports that youths had tied string across a drive on Ramsey Road in Middlestown.

On the same street there were also calls to the NPT about problems with young people throwing snowballs, verbally abusing people and criminal damage.

Sgt Day said: “It is mainly just youth nuisance that took place in the school holidays.”

Elsewhere in the village, a cannabis farm was found at a house on Sandy Lane.

Officers also investigated three reports of damage to cars in Netherton.

Sgt Day said: “Overall, Sitlington is one of the safest places to live. Crime is low and the NPT are not aware of any significant problems.”

In Horbury the latest crime figures revealed there were a total of 76 crimes in February.

Police investigated 27 reports of anti-social behaviour, the majority of which took place in the town centre, The Sycamores and the Manorfield estate.

However, the number of complaints was down from the previous month when the North West neighbourhood police team received 54 reports.

There were 11 burglaries in February and nine incidents of criminal damage and arson.

The NPT also investigated three drug offences, four vehicle crimes, six violent crimes and one robbery.

Overall, reported crime was down in February with 34 less crimes being recorded by police.

To contact either the Rural or the North West NPT call 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.