Neighbourhood Watch : Telephone Kiosks – thieves

Katie Cawston has provided the note below from the Community Heartbeat Trust (who provide and look after our defibrillator).

Our telephone kiosk is not going anywhere, so if anyone is purporting to have authority to remove it, they haven’t! Call 999.


Please be aware that there are groups of thieves in Leicestershire and Rutland areas that are turning up in villages and attempting to remove kiosks. They claim to be from BT, but of course are not! Please see below for a description of the thieves contained in a message sent to us by one of our partner sites.

Loweswater Defibrillator Site

Today some men in high vis arrived with pneumatic drill and started excavating the phone box to remove it. This seen by a passer-by who was suspicious and who took a photo of the reg number. The occupants are thieves and the police have been informed. Another van parked up last week, with no tax or MOT, was also reported to the police. The Phone Box wasn’t removed, but nobody knows if they gave up or intend to return with some heavy plant and a steel band to drag it out overnight, so..

locals have been advised of this and to call 999

If they see or hear anything going on. The vehicles did check out as suspicious.

We would therefore recommend all communities with a phone box to be cautious and report any such activity to the police.

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