Wheel thieves targetting work vans

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WORK vans are being targeted by wheel-stealing thieves.

Police have received reports of a spate of recent thefts of spares in East Durham.

Pc Andrea Wearmouth, of the Peterlee priority crime team, said: “We are urging owners to be aware of this, and take precautions if they can when leaving their vehicles parked up.

“If they have a garage we would obviously urge them to use it, if not then to park the vehicle close to a wall so the thieves do not have such easy access to the spare wheel.”

There have been thefts from vehicles in Woods Terrace, Murton; Thorpe Street, Easington Colliery; Cotsford Park Estate, Horden; and Palmer Street, South Hetton.