April 25 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 23, 2013
Two men appeared in court today as part of a police clampdown on burglaries in Norwich.
Police have launched an operation targeting suspects following a rise in house burglaries across the city with criminals even stealing wrapped presents from underneath Christmas trees.
A dedicated team of plain-clothed officers is patrolling burglary hotspots while targeting suspects and known prolific offenders.
Officers are also urging residents to be on their guard over the Christmas holidays and to call police if they see anything out of the ordinary.
Two men were arrested in Riverside on the weekend after they were found in possession of property, believed to be stolen.
Police were called shortly before 4pm on Saturday following reports of two men seen acting suspiciously.
The men were taken to Wymondham police investigation centre for questioning and later charged in connection with a burglary at Holls Lane which happened earlier on Saturday.
Dean Knappett, 42, of Elstead Court, Stonecot Hill, in Sutton, Surrey and David Frost, 35, of William Kett Close, Norwich, are accused of stealing an Acer laptop, DVD player, digital water meter, clothing, computer games and aftershave worth £900 from the address.
Knappett also faces one count of criminal damage in connection with damage to a police cell while Frost faces a further two counts of assaulting a police officer and two counts of criminal damage in relation to a police cell and van.
Both men appeared before Norwich magistrates today and were remanded in custody to appear at the crown court on January 7.
Chief Inspector Nathan Clark, who is leading the burglary clampdown, said: “Reducing house burglary is priority for us and we have additional officers out on patrol both day and night making enquiries into the recent incidents while also visiting homes of convicted criminals.
“Burglary is an intrusive crime which no one wants to be the victim of, especially at this time of year.
“Many people will be visiting friends and family over the Christmas holidays and I would urge resident to take the extra time to check your home is secure, making sure doors and windows are locked. If at all possible, make your home appear occupied by using timers on lights or leaving the radio on.
“We believe some of these incidents are linked but attention is being paid to a number of potential suspects. These criminals are often brazen and will simply approach a house and try a front door to see if it opens. You know your communities better than anyone else so please call us on 101 if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary. We would rather have the call and investigate rather than no call at all.”