Police warn Wealden residents to be vigilant as rural crime continues despite the snow

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Police want to remind people to stay with their vehicle while they defrost it on cold winter days.

They explain it only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to steal from or take a vehicle away from a drive or outside a house where it can be a tempting target.

Rural crime continues in the cold weather.

A garden shed in Down Street, Nutley was broken into between November 26-27 when a strimmer and hedge cutter were stolen.

Following recent thefts of animal feed and bedding, more bales of straw were taken from a farm on Green Lane, Crowborough on two separate occasions.

One theft was between November 27-28 and the other between November 29-20.

On the same night a green Citroen 2X estate car was stolen from a farm in Blackham.

A day later about ten sheds were broken into on allotments in Blackboys when damage was also done to a chicken coop at the site.

Still in Blackboys, police say at some time over the last two weeks central heating oil was stolen from an outdoor tank on Tickerage Lane.