A RIDE-ON lawnmower worth around £11,000 and garden tools were stolen in Cranborne.

Police say that some time between midnight and 5.15am on Wednesday, January 29, a metal lock-up container was broken into on the grounds of Aurora Boveridge College.

Items taken include a Kubota G23-11 ride-on lawnmower and various Stihl gardening tools.

CCTV footage shows two suspects driving the lawnmower away at 4.55am, followed by a black, possibly Peugeot, car loading the other items just after 5am.

Police Community Support Investigator Cheryl Belfield, of East Dorset police, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident, which was captured on CCTV.

“I appreciate the image is not of the best quality, but I’m hoping it might assist in identifying the offenders.

“I would also urge anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity at the relevant time, or who has come across the items described for sale in unusual circumstances, to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information call Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55200014385.