National organised crime gang targets Lincoln car park ticket machines
A national organised crime gang stole thousands of pounds from ticket machines at three Lincoln car parks.
The criminals struck in the early hours of Monday morning, forcing open meters at Broadgate, Thornbridge and Westgate car parks.
Some customers who arrived first thing on Monday morning parked for free as the targeted machines were put out of action.
The City of Lincoln Council acted swiftly to repair machines or direct customers to alternative ticket machines nearby.
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Steve Bird, assistant director of communities and street scene at the city council said: “The thieves came well prepared and had good knowledge of our car parks and the ticket machines.
“We are of the understanding this is a gang who target vending machines of all types nationally.
“They worked quickly and caused considerable problems for us.
“Our priority has been to keep sites open for business, and I am thankful to both the staff who have worked extra hard to ensure this, and the customers who have had to be very patient at some sites.
“We are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused.
“Although getting business back to normal has been the first priority, we are also working with the police to try to ensure the thieves are caught.
“In addition to the work of the police we are deploying other measures so that if we suffer another attack, there is less chance that the thieves will be successful and we have a greater chance of catching them.”