Devon

North Devon parking machines to be secured after raids

About £3,000 of council tax payers' money will be used to secure 25 parking machines in Devon after thieves stole £2,000 from a number of them.

Torridge District Council are modifying the pay-and-display machines after raids on 5 and 6 October.

Three machines in Holsworthy, two in Great Torrington and one in Bideford had their cash boxes forced open and emptied.

Police believed the raids were carried out by the same group.

Deputy leader of Torridge District Council Roger Johnson said: "Discussions with the machine manufacturer have established they can install a modification to prevent further thefts by the method used, but at a cost to the council, and of course taxpayers.

"This is all money that the council should have put back into the Torridge economy for the benefit of residents and businesses, but now obviously can't."

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