Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a series of thefts from domestic heating oil thefts in the Cherwell area of Oxfordshire. Officers are now investigating a total of 17 offences in the Banbury and Bicester rural areas since October 2014.
Sergeant Becky Fishwick, of Banbury and Bicester Rural Neighbourhood Team, says, “The local neighbourhood policing team is currently completing lines of enquiries to try to identify those responsible. We would urge residents to put locks on their heating oil tanks and, where possible, keep any access gates to gardens locked and secure.
The incidents, which according to officers are linked took place:
- Between 10.15pm on 10 October and 11.30am on 11 October in Cherry Street, Stratton Audley;
- Between 12am on 11 October and 5.30pm on 30 January in Dashwood Rise, Duns Tew;
- Between 11.30pm on 31 October and 9.30am on 1 November in School Lane, Middleton Stoney;
- Between 2am and 9am on 1 November in School Lane, Middleton Stoney;
- Overnight between 2 November and 3 November in Park Close, Middleton Stoney;
- Between 5pm on 3 November and 6.30pm on 9 November in Park Close, Middleton Stoney;
- Overnight between 16 November and 17 November in Main Street, Bicester;
- Between 10.45pm on 16 November and 9.30am on 17 November in Main Street, Hethe;
- Between 17 November and 24 November in Middleton Road, Bucknell;
- Between 12am on 18 November and 6.30am on 19 November in Milton Gated Road, Deddington;
- At about 11am on 24 December in Main Street, Duns Tew;
- Between 5pm on 26 November and 1pm on 29 November in Upper Tadmarton;
- Between 5am and 7am on 29 November in Hardwick Road, Hethe;
- Between 5pm on 5 January and 12pm on 12 January in Main Street, Duns Tew;
- Between 8am on 14 January and 12pm on 19 February in the street running through Stoke Lyne;
- Between 12am on 24 January and 10.30am on 25 January in The Green, Stoke Lyne;
- Between 11.30pm on 20 February and 7am on 21 February in Milton Gated Road, Deddington.
Sergeant Fishwick adds, “If you have witnessed any suspicious activity in your villages we would like to hear from you by calling 101 or emailing the Bicester or Banbury Rural NHPT directly on either banburyruralNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or bicesterruralNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.”
Anyone who dies not wish to speak directly to the Police can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken and information is not traced or recorded.
Source: Thames Valley Police