RESIDENTS who use or supply firewood are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of thefts in South Worcestershire.
Areas including Droitwich, Ombersley and Cleeve Prior, have all seen piles of long (cord) wood or piles of logs taken.
Sgt Sara Goodman, from the Hindlip-based Crime Bureau, said: “Often these piles of wood are in open spaces or near to footpaths and people may mistakenly believe they have been abandoned or left for others to help themselves, however this is not the case.
“We would like to remind people cut wood has often been contracted and landowners have paid for it to be cut.
“It may be awaiting collection as it has been sold on site and should not be assumed to be left.”
She added the best practice for people collecting firewood was for them to ask the landowner in person about it before helping themselves as taking without permission constituted as theft and they could be prosecuted over it.
Any witnesses to firewood theft or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Alternatively, visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org and convey the information there.