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Residents offered reassurance over reports of suspicious vans and marks near homes in the Ashbourne area

Posted on 22nd May 2017

We are aware of a number of incidents and posts on social media about suspicious vans and marks near to homes in the Ashbourne area.

Officers from the Ashbourne area Safer Neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out patrols in these areas and are reassuring residents that enquiries are being carried out into these incidents.

Since the start of May, seven reports have been made to police about white vans being driven around on streets in Ashbourne and Carsington area and there have been two reports about markings left near to properties.

PC Rachel Baggaley said: “We would like to reassure residents, and encourage them not to be alarmed but vigilant and aware.

“There could be a number of different reasons why paint or chalk markings can be left so we do not in any way wish to scare or worry residents and enquiries are being carried out into any vehicles, or people seen with them and markings.

PC Baggaley added: “As always, we would advise people to make sure their homes and vehicles are secure when they leave them and that no valuable items can be seen by passers-by. If you do notice anyone acting suspiciously, please report it to the police immediately and not just post on social media.”

If you have any information, or notice anything suspicious, please call Derbyshire police on 101 except in an emergency when the number is 999.

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