Thieves target Sunderland garden sheds

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THIEVES tried to steal garden equipment from a shed.

The attempted theft of a lawn mower and a strimmer was among 11 crimes reported to police in the Long Streets area of Hendon during a five-week period.

Officers have also investigated three thefts from back yards. Three of the crimes took place in Villette Road –- an assault, an attempted fraud at the Post Office cash machine and a window smashed with a brick.

Searches by police uncovered two people in possession of cannabis and one who had a blade.

Residents of the Long Streets can meet neighbour bobbies at the Salvation Army citadel in Cairo Street, on Monday, September 16, at 6.30pm.