Police probe mystery at flats complex in Cromer

Meadow Close residents in Cromer have been upset at a series of thefts at their sheltered housing complex. Resident Eddie Woods.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Meadow Close residents in Cromer have been upset at a series of thefts at their sheltered housing complex. Resident Eddie Woods. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Friday, February 8, 2013
2:05 PM

Police have been asked to investigate after crockery, pictures and ornaments disappeared from a Cromer sheltered housing complex for elderly people.

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Dinner plates, tea plates, mugs, glasses, cutlery, tureens, a vase, pictures from the wall and a nearly full bottle of Fairy Liquid were among the haul taken from the communal lounge and kitchen of Meadow Close, according to resident Eddie Woods.

“I think it’s disgusting, taking things from old people. We are put on this earth to help each other. Our oldest resident is 95. I can’t believe someone would do this. They’ve left behind all the chipped mugs,” said Mr Woods, who alerted Victory Housing Trust which runs Meadow Close.

He believes the items were probably taken between February 5 and 6 and thinks they must either have been carried out by two people, or one person making a number of trips.

And Mr Woods also said there was a high probability that whoever took them had a key, or knew the door code to the complex.

Some of the items belonged to elderly people in the flats and some had been donated by the families of former residents who had died, he added.

A spokesman for Victory said some of the items also belonged to the trust. They did not know exactly what had been taken, or whether the missing goods had been removed by tenants who owned them but had asked police to look into the matter.

He added: “We think the value of the items is fairly minor but it’s more of a reassurance issue for residents.”

Meadow Close was not a high security building. Although entry was via a code, residents frequently let in family members, other visitors, and tradespeople through the day.

Extra reassurance was being provided at present as a Victory representative was currently visiting the complex daily while a new lift was being installed.

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