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Warning after spate of catalytic converter thefts across Nottinghamshire

Officers are urging motorists to be vigilant after overnight catalytic converter thefts.

The warning comes after four thefts between 11.35pm yesterday (Wednesday 7 July) and just after 1am today (Thursday 8 July).

Shortly before 11.40pm a resident in Morello Drive, Aspley, heard the sound of his car being jacked up. He shouted at a group of offenders wearing dark clothing who then left.

Around half-an-hour later it was reported a resident in Harmston Rise, Sherwood, heard a loud drilling noise and then saw a neighbour’s car on a jack. The victim’s car was checked and the catalytic converter had been stolen.

At about 12.45am another car was targeted – this time in Greendale Road in Arnold.

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The victim was woken up by the sound of a cutting tool. He then saw men in dark clothing leave the scene.

Also just after 1am it was reported a group of men in Westmoore Close in Mapperley had attacked vehicles with power tools before stealing catalytic converters. The caller had heard the sound of sawing and a car being jacked up.

Inspector Amy English, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Officers are working hard to investigate these offences and I’d ask anyone who was in these areas who saw anything, or anyone who may have captured CCTV or dash-cam footage, to please get in touch with us.

“While we have upped our patrols in affected areas we are urging people to be vigilant and if they spot any suspicious vehicles or people in their area to report it to us on 101. If a crime is in progress call 999 immediately.

“If you see any suspicious activity try to obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.

“Criminals involved in this type of offending will target cars at any time during the day or night so if you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, please report it.

“We’re also urging residents to be vigilant and make it as difficult as possible for criminals to target their vehicles. Where possible ensure your vehicle is parked on your driveway or in your garage if you have one. Alternatively, ensure you are parked in a well-lit area.

“Having an alarm and immobiliser fitted to your vehicle is also an effective way of deterring criminals.”

Anyone with any information about the overnight incidents is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 924 of 7 July 2021.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please report it immediately by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101. If an incident is in progress call 999.

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