Two campsites near Swanage targeted by thieves

Over the bank holiday weekend, the shop at Tom’s Field campsite in Langton Matravers and the main reception and cafe at Burnbake in Rempstone were broken into and cash stolen.

Dorset Police are appealing for anyone with any information to get in contact.


In a statement the police said:

“Dorset Police received a report at around 8 am on Saturday 29th August 2020 of a break-in at Tom’s Field campsite in Langton Matravers. It was reported that entry had been forced to the shop and a quantity of cash had been taken.

“A further report was received at around 5.15 am on Monday 31st August 2020 of a break-in to a catering unit at the Burnbake Campsite near Wareham. It was also reported that a quantity of cash was stolen.

The shop at Tom's Field camping site
Tom’s Field

Two men from the West Midlands were arrested on suspicion of burglary

Dorset Police added:

“Following enquiries, a vehicle reportedly seen in the area earlier that morning was stopped in the Poole area and two men, aged 33 and 46 and from the West Midlands, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. They have been released under investigation as officers continue to make enquiries.”

Loss of income over the busy Easter period and the start of the summer

During lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, both campsites were unable to operate for four months, meaning a loss of income over the busy Easter period and the start of the summer.

They have also had to invest money into their businesses to ensure the safety of their guests and to comply with government coronavirus restrictions.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200130517. Alternatively, to stay 100 percent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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