ALLOTMENT holders are being urged to protect their tools and equipment, following a spate of thefts.

Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, John Rawe, will offer crime prevention advice to gardeners at the general meeting of Pollards Allotments in Bishop Auckland at 10am on Saturday, February 9.

The anti-theft device, Smart Water, which provides an effective way to mark and identify equipment, will also be available.

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