Lancashire

Skelmersdale garden turf thieves caught on camera

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Media captionThieves have been caught on CCTV rolling up newly laid turf and stealing it from a garden in Lancashire.

Thieves have been caught on CCTV rolling up newly laid turf and stealing it from a garden in Lancashire.

The footage appears to show two women helping themselves to the lawn, from The Mount in Skelmersdale on 24 July.

Neighbour Bob Stacey's CCTV system captured the footage, but he was asleep as the theft took place.

Police are investigating the theft. The lawn's owner was unavailable for comment but the turf has been replaced.

Mr Stacey said: "I can't believe the cheek of them. I'm quite speechless about it.

"It took them about 40 minutes but they stopped halfway through to have a cigarette because obviously lifting all that turf's hard work."

A police spokeswoman said: "We are now aware that there may be some CCTV footage that exists.

"We will be pursuing these lines of enquiry in attempt to identify any suspects and to recover the stolen turf."

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