Police are appealing for witnesses to post box thefts in Wiltshire in recent weeks.

Since the end of August, 12 reports have been received of Royal Mail post boxes stolen at various locations across the county.

The working post boxes, fixed to a pole, and have been cut free from the posts and stolen.

The local thefts include:

• West Lavington (31/08).
• Fonthill Gifford (10/09)
• Langley Wood, Salisbury (12/09)
• Corsley Heath, Corsley, near Warminster (12/09)
• Wilsford (27/09)

PC Michelle Haley, based at Trowbridge Police Station, said: “These are 12 offences reported to us, but there is a possibility of other incidents which haven’t been reported.

“The thieves seem to be targeting post boxes in quieter, rural areas, and not only are they stealing the boxes but also the mail inside.

“These boxes may have been stolen for their scrap metal value, or perhaps because they may be collectable items, so we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“If you have seen any post boxes for sale in unusual or suspicious circumstances then please contact us.”

Call PC Haley on 101, quoting crime reference 54190109101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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