Fruit and vegetables have been stolen from allotments in Ottery St Mary, Devon.

A summer of thefts has led to allotment committe members stepping up efforts to patrol the area. Chairman of the allotment committee Adrian Forster said: “I’ve never known so many thefts in 22 years of coming to the allotments.” Lettuce, potatoes and raspberries are among the items stolen.Mr Forster said thieves even had the nerve to sit and snack on peas and runner beans at the site leaving casings for plot holders to clean up.

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