Workshop raid slammed as deplorable
A BREAK-IN at a workshop used by Sherborne Town Council has been described as "deplorable" by the mayor.
Power tools, gardening machinery and a white Toyota Hilux pick-up truck were taken during the early morning break-in.
The vehicle was later found near Frome, but was burnt out according to police.
As the Western Gazette went to print the power tools and machinery had still not been found.
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The incident, at the premises by Sherborne Cemetery, off Lenthay Road, occurred between Wednesday, September 18, and Thursday, September 19.
Dominic Elliott, mayor of Sherborne said: "Like any break-in, it is deplorable. It happened in basically the middle of a housing estate so I hope somebody knows about it and comes forward.
"It is a sign of the times that these things happen. Things you think are safe just aren't anymore.
"After crimes like this the added security expense hits everyone in the pocket. One or two people cause trouble for the rest of us."
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "We received a call at 7.30am on Thursday with reports of a break-in at a workshop on Lenthay Road.
"There were signs of forced entry and we believe the incident occurred just after 4.45am.
"The vehicle was reported as found by Avon and Somerset Police at just after noon on Friday. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing."
Trevor Savage, Sherborne town clerk, said: "We are in the process of making insurance claims."
Dorset police are keen to hear from anybody who has seen anything suspicious, or been offered cheap power tools, to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.