Portland milk thieves targeting the elderly and vulnerable

Milk thieves targeting the elderly and vulnerable

Milk thieves targeting the elderly and vulnerable

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

MILK thieves who have been on a six week stealing spree have been blasted for targeting the elderly and vulnerable.

Over the past month-and-a-half Dorset Police say there has been a significant number of milk thefts on Portland including the Tophill and Wakeham area.

Officers from Portland’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have branded the culprits ‘mean’ and said the victims of the crime are often vulnerable or elderly and rely on the milk deliveries as they may not be able to get to the shops easily.

Police are anxious to identify the offenders and are calling on the community to be vigilant and help them catch the thieves.

The latest theft saw 13 pints swiped from outside a premises on Wide Street on Portland at around 4am on Tuesday morning, and police believe the thieves may be following the deliveries around as the thefts tend to be in the early morning.

PCSO Lynne Huckins from the Portland team said the thefts had been going on throughout August.

She said: “The majority of thefts are from elderly and vulnerable people. It’s the people that really need their deliveries.

“The theft of milk from doorsteps or milk floats is an incredibly frustrating crime, not just for the residents who miss out on their pint - the dairy faces significant losses.

“Milk delivery in the UK has been around a long time and benefits many residents who are vulnerable and not able to easily get to the shop. If dairies find that delivery is no longer viable it is these members of society who will be most affected. Help us stop this particularly mean crime.”

She added a message to the milk thieves, saying: “Realise who you are hurting. They might not think about it. To them it’s a pint of milk. To these people it’s, ‘how will I get someone to go to the shops and replace it?’”

Anyone with information about the milk thefts should call Dorset Police on 101 and ask for the Portland Safer Neighbourhood Team quoting crime number 36290, or residents can call Crimestoppers in confidence on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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9:25am Thu 4 Sep 14

caapprentice says...

Echo says 'The latest theft saw 13 pints swiped'
Why can't this reporter use plain English - the milk was stolen!
Echo says 'The latest theft saw 13 pints swiped' Why can't this reporter use plain English - the milk was stolen! caapprentice
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9:50am Thu 4 Sep 14

Genghis says...

caapprentice wrote:
Echo says 'The latest theft saw 13 pints swiped'
Why can't this reporter use plain English - the milk was stolen!
From the Oxford English Dictionary:

swipe v & n. colloq. - v. 1 tr. & (often foll. by at) intr. hit hard and recklessly. 2 tr. steal. - n. a reckless hard hit or attempted hit.
[quote][p][bold]caapprentice[/bold] wrote: Echo says 'The latest theft saw 13 pints swiped' Why can't this reporter use plain English - the milk was stolen![/p][/quote]From the Oxford English Dictionary: swipe v & n. colloq. - v. 1 tr. & (often foll. by at) intr. hit hard and recklessly. 2 tr. steal. - n. a reckless hard hit or attempted hit. Genghis
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11:09am Thu 4 Sep 14

FerryFan says...

In my day it was blue tits....
In my day it was blue tits.... FerryFan
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12:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Bridders says...

FerryFan... Not only that, there was a TV advert in the 60's or early 70's saying...."Watch out, Watch out there is a Humphrey about"
FerryFan... Not only that, there was a TV advert in the 60's or early 70's saying...."Watch out, Watch out there is a Humphrey about" Bridders
  • Score: 2

12:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Morgasm says...

FerryFan wrote:
In my day it was blue tits....
was it colder back then?
[quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: In my day it was blue tits....[/p][/quote]was it colder back then? Morgasm
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

JamesYoung says...

Morgasm wrote:
FerryFan wrote:
In my day it was blue tits....
was it colder back then?
"They might not think about it. To them it’s a pint of milk. "
Do not take what is not yours is not REALLY a difficult concept to grasp, is it? Would it make it any better if the person buying the milk wasn't disabled or vulnerable?
I'm sure most people will recoil in shock at this comment, but i really think that it's time we started sterilising an entire section of society. The idea that we can continue to thrive in a country where the population of ne'erdowells is growing every generation, is sheer lunacy.
[quote][p][bold]Morgasm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: In my day it was blue tits....[/p][/quote]was it colder back then?[/p][/quote]"They might not think about it. To them it’s a pint of milk. " Do not take what is not yours is not REALLY a difficult concept to grasp, is it? Would it make it any better if the person buying the milk wasn't disabled or vulnerable? I'm sure most people will recoil in shock at this comment, but i really think that it's time we started sterilising an entire section of society. The idea that we can continue to thrive in a country where the population of ne'erdowells is growing every generation, is sheer lunacy. JamesYoung
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Rocksalt says...

In some ways I am surprised it is being stolen so early in the morning. The most likely culprits come from a demographic not noted for being early risers. On second thoughts, perhaps they steal it before going to bed after a nigh out or up watching the telly.
In some ways I am surprised it is being stolen so early in the morning. The most likely culprits come from a demographic not noted for being early risers. On second thoughts, perhaps they steal it before going to bed after a nigh out or up watching the telly. Rocksalt
  • Score: 4

5:26pm Thu 4 Sep 14

westbaywonder says...

Back in the 70,s it was "Gold Top" that was always stolen.
No style these modern chavs, stealing common silver top milk. LOL.
Back in the 70,s it was "Gold Top" that was always stolen. No style these modern chavs, stealing common silver top milk. LOL. westbaywonder
  • Score: -4

7:15pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ksmain says...

Thieves and criminals on Portland? Surely not?!? You do surprise me!!
Thieves and criminals on Portland? Surely not?!? You do surprise me!! ksmain
  • Score: 3
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