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Police are continuing to investigate a recent spate of thefts across the Isle of Wight, with officers exploring if a mainland gang of criminals are behind some – or all – of the incidents.

Just last night a number of tools including a petrol lawn mower, leaf blower, hedge trimmer and strimmer, a shredder and a pressure washer were taken from St George’s School in Newport. It it the latest in a series of thefts that have been reported on social media in the past few days.

On Monday night a container was broken into at the Cowes end of the Cowes-Newport cycle path with a generator, plastic weld fusion boxes, a petrol cutter and a variety of tools stolen.

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As previously reported by Island Echo, 15 batteries were stolen from temporary traffic lights in Shalfleet and on Military Road on Sunday night.

It is reported that thousands of pounds worth of groundwork plant has also been stolen from the solar farm park on Fairlee Road, Newport this week.

In recent weeks ITS Tools in Newport, Brighstone Landscaping and Sydenhams have all been targeted. A workman’s site on Newport’s Riverway was also hit a few weeks ago.

Island Echo understands that Police are exploring the possibility that a mainland gang are behind the thefts. They are also looking into whether or not the thefts are linked to one another.

Anyone with information relating to any of the above incidents can contact PC Tom Wyld on 101, quoting 441804172269. Information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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