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Thieves target Seven Kings and Goodmayes allotment society

Zak Bickhan's sheds were broken into at Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society. Zak Bickhan's sheds were broken into at Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society.

Monday, June 9, 2014
1:53 PM

Gardeners have been left devastated after thieves targeted their sheds on their allotment, stealing tools worth hundreds of pounds.

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Zak Bickhan, Oscar Marvell and Anthony Haynes' sheds were broken into at Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment SocietyZak Bickhan, Oscar Marvell and Anthony Haynes' sheds were broken into at Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society

Members of the Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society on Goodmayes Lane were shocked when they found three of their sheds had been broken into and some of their tools had been taken.

Anthony Haynes, 68, of Manor Park, said: “I don’t get how people could do this. It is so horrible to think someone would do this on purpose. How would you feel if someone came in and stole so many things that belong to you?”

The men were at the allotment on Saturday, May 31, but when they went back the following morning, they soon realised that items such as a hoe, umbrella, chairs, shovel and a drill as well as other items were missing.

Zak Bickhan, of Dagenham, said: “I couldn’t believe that someone would do such a thing. These criminals need to be caught before they come back and take even more of what is ours.”

Around 20 items were taken and will cost hundreds of pounds to replace from all three of the sheds.

Oscar Marvell, 79, from Barking, said: “I wish I could catch the culprits for myself to show them exactly what they have done.”

The Barking and Dagenham police were called but no arrests have been made so far.

Anyone who has information concerning the sale or handling of stolen goods should contact Police by dialling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Crimestoppers guarantee of anonymity has never been broken and callers are not even asked for their name.

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