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Garden theft crackdown launched

A plan to stop the theft of gardening equipment will be launched by police in Sussex on Monday.

The scheme will focus on Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and surrounding areas, after 86 thefts of lawnmowers and tools were reported there since June 2006.

Police believe a small number of people are responsible for the crimes.

They will now visit gardeners who have been burgled and advise them on marking equipment as well as retaining serial numbers to stop it being sold on.

A police spokesman said: "Owners of garden sheds should review their security and at the very least make sure that the property inside is all marked with their postcode."

Residents who want further advice can call Sussex Police or visit their website.

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