Arrests over Shrewsbury meerkat toy thefts

By Thomas Morton | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published:

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing meerkat soft toys along with power tools and other items.

Police discovered a haul of goods – including the collectable soft toys that tie in with the famous Compare the Market advertising campaign – after arresting the men in Shrewsbury on Thursday evening.

The goods found in the stash are believed to have been stolen from the north Shrewsbury area, and police are appealing for any victims of such thefts to come forward.

Kieren Bodill, speaking for West Mercia Police, said: "Officers are appealing to the community of the Sundorne and Ditherington area, who have been victims of theft, to come forward after a host of items were recovered.

"The property consisted of a sat navs, power tools, glasses in cases, meerkat teddy bears and other various items.

"Anyone who thinks they may have lost any of these items should the Harlescott and Sundorne safer neighbourhood team.

"Any claimants will be expected to provide further description of the items and, where possible, proof of ownership."

He said the arrests were made and goods recovered following reports of suspicious activity in Sundorne Avenue on Thursday.

A 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were both arrested on suspicion of theft, as well as possession of cannabis, before being released on police bail pending investigation.

A 16-year-old man from Shrewsbury was also arrested on suspicion of theft and has been remanded in police custody.

Anyone wanting to claim, or with information, can contact police on 101, or email with details to, quoting incident 53s of May 18.

Thomas Morton

By Thomas Morton

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star

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