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#1 Hum

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:26

HUNDREDS of pumpkins have been stolen from a farm in the New Forest.

Thieves have struck twice at the Cat and Fiddle Farm in Hinton Admiral, leaving the farm manager “close to despair” with Hallowe’en just five weeks away.

The well-known farm was first targeted ten days ago when burglars, thought to be using a trailer, broke in and helped themselves to about 200 pumpkins worth £1,000.

Seven days later thieves visited again and took a further 50 pumpkins, leaving the fields littered with just roots and a handful that they left behind.

Robert Cox, 30, farm manager, said: “This is the second time we have been targeted and people seem to be coming and going as they please.

“We have a large fence but the thieves seem to be jumping over and smashing the pumpkins. They then take large quantities away with them.

“It’s very frustrating because we had a healthy crop this year, but I don’t think there seems to be a lot we can do.”

The Cat and Fiddle Farm has also been targeted by vandals in recent weeks.

Robert said: “The shop has been broken into several times, but there has been no serious damage. It is mainly people throwing things around the shop and trying to break into the containers.”

A police spokesperson said: “An investigation is ongoing and we assume a lorry or trailer must have been used because it would be difficult to transport so many pumpkins.”

The thefts were reported to police on Sunday morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact Romsey police on 101.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:27

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Why would anyone want to steal pumpkins?!?



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:28

Not enough security...     they should add some security officers in each corner 

 

or add lot of night vision cameras in all angles..



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:31

But why would you need security for pumpkins? I suspect it was some teenagers looking to do some very naughty things with the pumpkins, like toss em off overpasses. =\



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:33

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Why would anyone want to steal pumpkins?!?

Sell to Halloween fans, or a bakery. ;)



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:34

Or do malicious things with them. We'll probably hear on the news about that. Also, storing a lot of pumpkins would be kinda difficult - it's not like you can hide them in your pants or anything. :p



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:39

But why would you need security for pumpkins? I suspect it was some teenagers looking to do some very naughty things with the pumpkins, like toss em off overpasses. =\

 

that's the reason people find a way to steal and smash them or throw overpass to the cars...

 

and the pumpkin farmers are trying to make money as much as they can...   

 

if I run a farm with pumpkins, I'd hire guards or install cameras .. so I can make lot of cash. If I have leftover after halloween, I could give them away or sell them as discount price.



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 22:42

I guess you're right, hmmmm. Or at least store them somewhere more secure (like a barn or something). Heh, kids are pretty devilish these days. Glad I wasn't like that.



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 23:07


if I run a farm with pumpkins, I'd hire guards or install cameras .. so I can make lot of cash. If I have leftover after halloween, I could give them away or sell them as discount price.

How about vicious german shepards ? :p



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 23:08

Pfft, Dobermans would be better. :p



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 23:09

How about vicious german shepards ? :p

 

That would be nice but I am not interested in paying for vet bills...  :)



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 01:02

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Why would anyone want to steal pumpkins?!?

 

For pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. :)



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:18

I found who did it!

 

[point at Growled] he did it..   he stole pumpkins so he could make pumpkin pies!

 

 

:p



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:34

Making lots of Pumpkin Soup :laugh:



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 14:59

I found who did it!

 

[point at Growled] he did it..   he stole pumpkins so he could make pumpkin pies!

 

 

:p

 

Darn, caught again. Me and my big mouth. :D





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