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Police on the Isle of Wight appeal for help to reunite stolen items with their owners

Police officers have recovered dozens of items following a number of thefts from campsites and beach huts in the Shanklin and Sandown areas, and are now trying to return them to their owners.

Throughout an investigation over the last few months police have recovered items including bicycles, bicycle parts, paddleboards, binoculars, mobile phones, a scooter, an Air Wheel unicyclem and fishing rods.

Officers say they'd like reunite the items with their rightful owners, so are asking anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime recently, and believes one of these items could belong to them, to get in touch.

A 42 year-old man from Shanklin has been arrested as part of the investigation - he's been bailed until 20th July.

PC Nick Massey from the Ventnor Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We began receiving reports of these theft and burglary incidents in January this year, and have received a number over the course of the following months.

"During this time we have been working hard to carry out enquiries and recover as much property as possible, and have also made an arrest.

"We believe there are as many as 50 incidents that have taken place in Shanklin and Sandown in which people's belongings have been stolen, either from beach huts, or from campsites in the area.

"We would appeal to anyone who recognises any of the item as potentially belonging to them, or who has been affected by one of these incidents, to give us a call on 101 and ask to speak with the Ventnor Neighbourhood Policing Team."

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