Appeal following burglary at Walton Hall Gardens Date published: 29th March 2017 8.59am

Employees and visitors at a community gardens in Warrington have been left devastated after the park was targeted by burglars.

Walton Hall Gardens on Walton Lea Road, has been has been targeted twice by thieves in a week, leaving employees unable to complete their daily duties.

The first incident occurred on sometime between 8.00pm on Thursday 23 March and 6.30am on Friday 24 March, when an unknown number of offenders broke into a conservatory in the gardener’s yard and stole gardening machinery.

The second incident occurred between 11.50pm on Sunday 26 March and 00.45am on Monday 27 March. On this occasion the offenders climbed over a gate to access the gardener’s yard and once again stole a large quantity of gardening equipment.

Investigating Officer PC Jon Potter said: “Walton Gardens is a popular community park which is visited by hundreds of people on a daily basis, and these crimes will have a major impact on everyone who uses the facility.

“As a result of the actions taken by these thoughtless offenders’ staff at Walton Gardens are now unable to undertake their duties maintaining and improving Walton Hall Gardens for the benefit of the local community.

"We are currently following a number of lines of enquiry in relation to the incidents, including CCTV analysis and forensics. As part of these enquiries I’m keen to hear from anyone who believes they have any information that could assist with the investigation.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 139 of 27/3/2017. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.