TWO vehicles were stolen after a home was broken into, according to a crime report for last month in the Fordingbridge town area.

PCSO Stephen May, speaking at a meeting of Fordingbridge Town Council on Wednesday, March 4, said February had not been the busiest month.

There had been no reports of antisocial behaviour or incidents of violence against a person.

PCSO May said there had been a “dwelling burglary” where some car keys had been taken and two vehicles subsequently taken, adding: “One of them has been found burnt out. Investigations into that are ongoing.”

The meeting also heard there was an attempt to break into an outbuilding as well as six incidents of criminal damage, two of which related to car windows being smashed, which are believed to be unrelated incidents, two fence panels being damaged at an occupied property and an internal door at a flat and a phone box being damaged.

There was a report of a school bag being stolen from a park. No thefts from vehicles were reported but there was one theft of a vehicle that had been abandoned due to a flooded road. It was later found burnt out in a rural location.

Council chairman Paul Anstey asked why the car stolen after the burglary of a home had not been classed as a vehicle theft. But PCSO May said where there were multiple crimes the incident would be logged under the most serious of the crimes.

PCSO May said one of the burnt out vehicles had been found in the Fordingbridge town area while the other was found just outside of the town. No details of the specific location and dates of the incidents were given during the meeting. He said that it was not believed the incidents were related.

There were two business burglaries which included the theft of a ride-on mower being taken from a barn.

According to the latest police report for February there were a total of 48 “occurrences” reported, 17 were “recordable” as crimes. In January a total of 90 occurrences were reported but only 35 of them were recordable as crimes.