Five people were arrested after detectives carried out a series of dawn-raids in the Norwich area targeting burglary suspects this morning.

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Uniform and plain clothed officers carried out eight warrants as part of a pro-active policing operation, codenamed Operation Duval, focusing on those suspected of committing house burglaries in the city as well as those thought to be involved in handling stolen goods.

Homes were raided in Union Street, Orchard Street, Walpole Gardens, Wessex Street, Heigham Street and Somerleyton Gardens, all in Norwich, and in Milestone Close in Costessey and Newton Close in Newton St Faith.

The five people arrested were a 29-year-old man from Newton Close, a 24-year-old man from Union Street, a 21-year-old man from Orchard Street, a 29-year-old man from Milestone Close, Costessey and a 23-year-old from Heigham Street.

All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary between September 2012 and January 2013 and remain at Wymondham police investigation centre where they will be questioned.

Property has been seized from some addresses following fingertip searches by police and a Fiat was also seized from Newton Close.

Detective Inspector Richard Graveling, from Norwich CID, who led the operation, said: “This action forms part of an ongoing policing campaign to clamp down on domestic burglaries in and around the city.

“Today’s operation has been a success and sends a clear message to those considering being involved in burglary or handling stolen goods.

“Our message to would-be offenders is simple - “we will not stand for this and action will be taken against those suspected of committing offences”.

THe action was welcomed by Norwich’s senior police officer, Superintendent Paul Sanford, who said the impact burglary had on victims should not be underestimated.

Supt Sanford said: “Being a victim of a burglary is extremely traumatic and the effect it can have on individuals is quite significant.

“We want to reduce the number of people in the city who have to experience this by locating offenders and by encouraging homeowners to take simple measures to deter potential burglars.

“Tackling burglary is a key priority for the force. We will continue with pro-active measures such as today’s operation and we would encourage anyone with information on individuals who are carrying out these crimes or handling stolen property to report it to us immediately.”

To speak with an officer from your local safer neighbourhood team call the non-emergency number 101. For further advice on home security, visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

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