Man ‘breaks into woman’s garden to steal WATER from her hosepipe’ as bans come into force across England amid drought
- A Buckinghamshire woman claimed to see a stranger steal water from her hose
- She shared the ‘CCTV’ image on Stokenchurch Community Group on Facebook
- It comes as hosepipe bans are introduced amid official drought across England
A woman was left stunned after claiming to see a stranger break into her garden and steal water from her hosepipe, as bans come into force across the UK amid a drought.
The Buckinghamshire woman took to social media to express her frustrations and warned other residents to keep their gates ‘fully locked’.
This comes as Thames Water revealed they will introduce a hosepipe ban for their 15 million customers from August 24, meaning had the alleged water theft happened after that date, it would have been an offence.
In a post to the Stokenchurch Community Group page on Facebook, the woman shared what appeared to be a CCTV image of the incident.
A woman was left stunned after claiming to see a stranger break into her garden and steal water from her hosepipe, in a picture that seemingly shows him filling four large containers while brazenly scrolling on his phone
She urged other residents in the area to be careful and keep their eyes peeled after spotting the stranger filling up containers with water from her garden hose.
In the picture, the man can be seen with four large containers, brazenly filling one of them with water at the time.
Dressed in a white t-shirt, dark trousers and boots, the man was calmly scrolling through his phone waiting for the theft to be completed.
In her post to the Facebook group, the woman wrote: ‘Some cheeky b**** came into my garden today and filled up his watering containers, caught on camera, make sure your gates are fully locked.’
This comes as Thames Water revealed they will introduce a hosepipe ban for their 15 million customers from August 24, meaning had the alleged water theft happened after that date, it would have been an offence
In her post to the Facebook group, the woman wrote: ‘Some cheeky b**** came into my garden today and filled up his watering containers, caught on camera, make sure your gates are fully locked’
She continued by saying the thief would not have another chance to do so as the taps will be turned off from now and that she was sick of have to ‘nail everything down’ or lock her things up like ‘fort knox’.
The post did not reveal whether or not the woman had reported the stranger to the police.
The incident comes as several parts of the UK have introduced hosepipe bans as drought was declared in eight areas, amid much of the UK’s driest July since 1935.
However, the blisteringly hot weather is coming to an end, with the Met Office issuing yellow warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain across the country this week.
Thames Water announced today that their 15 million customers will see a hosepipe ban from August 24.
It comes despite Thames Water admitting they lose more than 635 million litres of water a day through leaks from burst and cracked pipes – roughly 23 per cent of its daily supply.
As eight areas of the UK officially declared drought, the hot weather is now coming to an end as the Met Office issued yellow warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain for this week
Thames Water has insisted today that they have ‘more teams reducing leakage than ever before’, who they say are ‘working 24/7 to find and fix more than 1,100 leaks every week’.
The temporary use ban comes after reports of the River Thames reaching its lowest level since 2005 and ‘unprecedented weather conditions’.
The ban means customers cannot use any hosepipe including sprinklers, dripper hoses and automatic irrigation systems for watering the garden or plants; cleaning a car, walls, paths or patios; or filling a pool, pond or fountain.
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