A Leyland milkman is losing vital custom as more than 100 bottles of milk have been stolen from around Moss Side.
David Iddon and Sam Tasker run a milk delivery business from their home in Bamber Bridge, but say that a high number of ‘callous’ thefts from people’s front steps and porches over recent weeks in Leyland could drive them out of business.
David, 49, who has been working in the town for around 15 years, said: “Thirty pints and 10 tubs of milk went missing in one day alone, and I bet we’ve had more than 100 thefts so far.
“It’s been going on for the past couple of months, and people are going round into people’s gardens, and taking milk from their front steps and even from inside their porches.
“We’re losing customers because of it, and it’s hard enough to keep customers in this job these days, we can’t afford to lose custom because of this. We won’t get those people back.
“I am worried I’ll have to finish trading; I’ve never had this problem before.”
The police are now investigating the spate of thefts, which have been taking place around Dunkirk Lane, Paradise Lane, Slater Lane, The Glebe off Slater Lane, and streets off Dunkirk Lane such as Langton Close and Parkfield Close.
“It’s mainly old people and young families who we deliver to,” David added. “They want fresh milk in a morning, and these toerags are pinching it.
“It’s just callous.
“My customers are going to start going to the shops like everyone else if this carries on.
“They don’t want people snooping around in their gardens in the early hours of the morning.”
He added: “I don’t know why they’re doing it. I think maybe they’re stealing to order and flogging it.
“It must be a gang of older teens because the amount they’re stealing in one go, they must have a van or a car.
“It’s not just kids messing about.”
Leyland PC David Gaskill said: “This isn’t the type of thing we come across very often – it is an unusual one.
“We’ve put more patrols in the area during the night time hours it’s been happening.
“It seems the culprits are standing guard and waiting for the milk man to leave.”
Call police on 101 if you have any information about the incidents.