‘Constant worry’ as Ottershaw nursery targeted by thieves three times in three weeks

March 14, 2019
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The director of a plant nursery in Ottershaw has spoken of her “constant worry” after the business was targeted by thieves three times in three weeks

CCTV cameras, windows and exterior lights have been smashed by a group of men, as well as large quantities of cash stolen, from the Otter Nursery in Murray Road over the past three weeks.

The nursery was raided on February 24, March 5 and most recently between Monday evening (March 11) and Tuesday morning (March 12).

CCTV images show a group of men scaling a fence and then attempting to gain entry into the premises.

Abigail Evans, director of the Otter Nursery, said: “Two times they have taken cash and the third time it was criminal damage as they smashed all the CCTV we have – obviously with the thought of coming back again.

One of the men trying to gain access to the nursery
(Image: The Otter Nursery)

“For us it is a family business and it is a constant worry from that point of view. Waking up at 3am in the morning, as I had to do when the alarms went off, and the money to repair all the damage to the store and replace everything that has been damaged.

“It has been quite a regular site over the years for this type of thing, unfortunately. We have had equipment stolen. There is always something going on. We have placed alarms which put in last year but it is a vicious circle. The police are limited in what they can do and it is like the people doing this know it.”

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The first of the incidents took place on February 24 at around 12.15am after thieves smashed a window to gain access and took a large quantity of cash, and there was another break-in on March 5.

On the third occasion in the two-week period, a group smashed CCTV cameras and exterior lights between 9.30pm on March 11 and the morning of March 12.

A man approaching an entrance to the nursery
(Image: The Otter Nursery)

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “Neighbourhood officers have attended the Otter Nursery in Ottershaw to provide support and reassurance following three incidents there over the past few weeks.

“Advice has also been provided to the nursery to prevent them from being targeted again.”

You can give information on the three incidents above, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ .

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/constant-worry-ottershaw-nursery-targeted-15975048


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