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Thieves targeting parking machines in Staffordshire

Criminal gangs in Staffordshire are targeting parking machines, stealing the money inside and causing thousands of pounds of damage in the process.

Thieves have struck at four sites across Burntwood and Lichfield, stealing £300 and causing around £4,500 worth of damage.

According to John Roobottom, a car parks supervisor, the parking machines are being emptied daily but the problem is still persisting. He explained: "Theft from the pay and display machines on council car parks by professional gangs travelling around the country is a problem.

"The machines are emptied every day but the cost of damage to the machines carried out during these thefts is more of a problem than the amount taken."

Lichfield District Council attended a meeting this week (7 September) to talk about how they could resolve the issue of criminals attacking the parking control systems.

It was decided at the meeting that greater monitoring would be installed around the area's parking machines, with extra CCTV surveillance set up on the sites that have been targeted thus far, the Express & Star reported.

The council has said that the machines that have been attacked by criminals are the ones that are not covered by CCTV cameras. As a result they will be installing cameras at these sites as a priority, with the machines themselves also being reinforced to make it harder for thieves to steal the money inside them.

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