Lincolnshire

Three toilets stolen from different locations in Spalding area

Portable toilet Image copyright James Stamp
Image caption Lincolnshire Police said the toilet thefts were unusual

Three portable toilets have been stolen from farmland and a building site in Lincolnshire.

Two of the thefts happened this week at a farm in Pinchbeck and at a building site in Moulton.

A third workman's privy was taken from a cauliflower field in Spalding last month.

James Stamp, whose firm's toilet was taken from a site in Church Lane, Moulton, said "if they will steal a used builder's loo, what's next"?

'Down the pub'

He said an organised gang could have been responsible.

Mr Stamp said: "Usually if organised, these are part of large plant theft rings - where mixers, dumpers, loos and excavators are stolen to order in one hit, shipped to Eastern Europe, or Africa.

"Occasionally petty thieves steal them, wait for a while then try to list them on eBay, or in their local supermarket."

He added: "I've looked at embossing the loos with my name to discourage theft, although I'm not sure a builder in Botswana would care what his cheap loo said on it."

Mr Stamp said a used toilet was worth about £450, or could be sold "down the pub" for about £100.

Lincolnshire Police said it was an unusual crime and have appealed for information.

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