ISLE of Wight police have been investigating a series of incidents in which items have been stolen from beach huts and campsites in the Shanklin and Sandown areas.

Over the last few months, dozens of items have been recovered — including bicycles, bicycle parts, paddleboards, binoculars, mobile phones, a scooter, an Air Wheel unicycle and fishing rods.

Police are asking recent victims of this type of crime to get in touch if they believe any of these items could belong to them.

PC Nick Massey said: "We began receiving reports of these theft and burglary incidents in January this year, and have received a number over the course of the following months.

"During this time we have been working hard to carry out enquiries and recover as much property as possible, and have also made an arrest.

"We believe as many as 50 incidents have taken place in Shanklin and Sandown, in which people’s belongings have been stolen from beach huts, or from campsites in the area.

"Anyone who recognises items potentially belonging to them — or affected by one of these incidents — should call 101 and ask to speak with the Ventnor Neighbourhood Policing Team."

A 42-year-old man from Shanklin has been arrested as part of the investigation.

He has been bailed until 20 July.

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