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Archery bows stolen from car in Lincoln

By AlexColman  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

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Several archery bows have been stolen from a car in Cherry Willingham.

A grey Peugot Bipper was broken into and two compound bows worth a total of £2,000 were stolen from the back.

The incident took place between 4:30pm on September 23 and 6:15am on September 24 in Croft Lane.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area, or anyone who knows where the bows may be being sold on to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

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Anyone with information can call Lincolnshire Police with information on 101, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 27 2012, 12:44PM

    Sorry Gnome just read yours after. IT_MAN all vehicles are quite easy to break into via the glass bits.....except maybe the Pope Mobile.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 27 2012, 12:41PM

    "Your comments suggest that you feel anyone's property is fair game" Its not what i feel at all, i think i should be able to leave a 50 pound note in the middle of my front garden weighed down by a small rock and it still be there in the morning and not long gone because its my property and not anyone elses. Im just a bit shocked that compound bows do not have to be licensed and kept indoors in a suitable secure purpose built cabinet bolted to the wall with the ammunition stored seperately like a shotgun. The other issue is the monetary value that was lying around in a the vehicle.

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  • IT_MAN  |  September 27 2012, 2:26AM

    The Peugeot Bipper & Citroen Nemo are easy to break into via rear doors according to reports on the internet and it is recommended a key operated external lock is fitted, not as pretty but much more secure.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 26 2012, 9:25PM

    Apologies to maidmarion, but the van would have been seen by thieving predators as a likely goldmine. There is no mention in the artcile of any tools, but that is what would have been the target - power tools, cabling or copper piping. Two locked cases would have simply suggested valuable items. Bows are not classed as firearms, but with a combined value of £2,000 I am guessing these were fairly powerful. Perhaps there is a flaw in our weapons laws when air weapons can require a licence but bows do not? There have been catapults on sale in UK that could easily deliver a deadly impact greater than an air rifle. I doubt the back of a van would be considered the equivalent of a safe if bows were reclassified. A gunsafe needs to be solidly attached to a structural wall, not left on the drive. I feel for you, as I do for any victims of crime - I have been one - but to leave £2,000 of equipment in the back of a van in a Lincolnshire village, not to mention tools of inestimable sentimental value, might be seen as foolhardy. The conviction and sentencing today of the Leicestershire burglars shot by the householder suggest your husband might have been better off bringing the stuff into the house and putting a couple of arrows into any intruder.

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  • maidmarion  |  September 26 2012, 8:07PM

    For goodness sake, stop all the nitpicking - the vehicle was LOCKED and on a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY with NO WINDOWS to alert anyone to it's contents; it was accessed by the use of a crowbar in the middle of the night. Your comments suggest that you feel anyone's property is fair game - people even break into houses you know, are you implying that it's OK to steal if a thief is prepared to put the effort in to get at someone elses posessions? It's easy to be smug about things that have happened to other people but it doesn't really help anybody.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 26 2012, 12:55PM

    "they were not "left unattended in the back of a car" No they were left unnattended in the back of a van. "The van's back section is completely boxed in and cannot be accessed" Well thats not true cause someone "accessed it" and made off with them !

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  • AlexColman  |  September 26 2012, 11:31AM

    Thanks for commenting maidmarion, if you have any more information about the goods that have been lost please feel free to email me at alex.colman@thisis.co.uk and perhaps we could run a follow-up. I appreciate how it must feel to have something of sentimental value stolen.

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  • AlexColman  |  September 26 2012, 11:30AM

    Thanks for commenting maidmarion, if you have any more information about the goods that have been lost please feel free to email me at alex.colman@thisis.co.uk and perhaps we could run a follow-up. I appreciate how it must feel to have something of sentimental value stolen.

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  • AlexColman  |  September 26 2012, 11:30AM

    Thank you for commenting maidmarion, if you have any more information about the goods that have been lost please feel free to email me at alex.colman@thisis.co.uk and perhaps we could run a follow-up. I appreciate how it must feel to have something of sentimental value stolen.

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  • maidmarion  |  September 26 2012, 11:21AM

    FAO "InsideStory" - as pointed out by "DontBuyTheSun" compound bows are not firearms they are sports equipment, of the type you may have seen being used in the Archery events at this year's Olympic Games. These bows belong to my husband and they were not "left unattended in the back of a car", they were both locked in their cases in the back of our van. The van's back section is completely boxed in and cannot be accessed from the front passenger area, it has no windows at all and is in effect a large locked metal box (rather like a safe, you may say!) which was parked on our own private driveway. Loving all the other comments! If anyone hears anything about this please get in touch; some of the tools were handmade by my late father-in-law and are completely irreplaceable. Thank you.

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