Warning after spate of solar panel thefts

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Police are warning farmers and businesses with ground based solar panel arrays to be vigilant following two reports of thefts in the county.

A total of 58 panels were stolen from a farm at Brant Broughton overnight between Monday and Tuesday (incident 216 of March 17).

This followed the theft of 66 panels, plus all the associated converters and electrics, from a field near White Cross, in Sutton St James, between 5pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Monday morning.

The thieves appear to be targeting isolated locations, and owners of such PV arrays are advised to take all possible precautions. Keep gates securely locked to limit vehicular access to fields, check your sites regularly and consider other options such as security lighting and CCTV.

You can also contact your local crime reduction officer by calling 101 for specialist advice.