UPDATED: Cash stolen from Robin Hill Country Park that was placed on the back of a nicked pick-up truck is not believed to be connected to a large amount of money handed out in the middle of Newport Town Centre.
A hefty £5,500 contained securely inside a safe was placed onto the back of a Red Ford Transit Pick-up overnight last Thursday (30th May) after it was stolen from the family park at Downend of the outskirts of Newport.
Island Echo understands that the safe was broken into before the pick-up, which had been stolen from a property in Gunville, and the safe were ditched in a river before being recovered by Police.
Later that same day, Island Echo received reports of large amounts of cash in £50 notes being handed out to members of the public while shopping in Newport.Hampshire Constabulary have today launched an appeal for information on this incident, however state that it is not connected to the Robin Hill safe theft.
Three young boys aged between 11 and 13 years old who have been questioned and bailed until 9th July.
Detective Constable Katy Lee of Newport CID said:
“We are interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen a young person handing out money, particularly any shopkeepers who may remember having served any boys aged between 11 and 13 years-old carrying a large amount of £50 notes.”
Anyone with information can contact DC Katy Lee of Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY: It has been confirmed that 30 Bestival tickets were also stolen in the raid at Robin Hill last Thursday.
A Bestival spokesman said: “Bestival organisers can confirm that a very small number of Bestival tickets, 30, were indeed stolen during this burglary. All of these tickets have now been cancelled and anybody attempting to use these stolen tickets to enter the Bestival site in September will be refused entry.
Anyone who has purchased or been given a Bestival ticket recently can check their tickets against the list provided below:
Adult Thursday Entry tickets: from 31625-31650
Adult Friday Entry tickets: from 33915-33942
Teen Age 13-17 Thurs Entry: from 9354-9400
Teen Age 13-17 Fri Entry: from 9358-9382
Child Age 12 & Under Thurs Entry: from 9109-9150
Child Age 12 & Under Fri Entry: from 9109-9131
Islander car park: from 4503-4530
Anyone with information can contact Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.