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Milk snatched from doorsteps of elderly women in Norwich

06:25 03 October 2012

Dairy Crest urged customers whose milk had been stolen to contact the police.

Dairy Crest urged customers whose milk had been stolen to contact the police.

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Thieves snatched bottles of milk from the doorsteps of elderly women in two Norwich streets –and the victims fear the thefts may have been encouraged by the street light switch-off.

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The thieves targeted a milkround in the early hours of last Tuesday morning in Sycamore Crescent and Maple Drive, off Waterworks Road, in the west of the city.

Pauline Futter, 82, came out of her house at 8am to find her doorstep empty.

Milk had been delivered to other families on the street, but she and two neighbours had their bottles stolen.

She said: “It was very annoying. I’ve been having milk delivered for more than 50 years. We want to keep our milk delivery because it’s a job for people, more convenient for us, and you recycle the glass.”

The lights had been switched off on the street at the end of July, meaning when the milkman came at 4am it was dark.

Mrs Futter added: “The street light switch-off is not going to help.”

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said they were working with the police to monitor crime in streets where lighting had been turned off. He added only streets with low crime levels were part of the switch-off programme.

Mrs Futter’s neighbour Emma Jay, 96, also had her milk stolen. The great-great-grandmother said: “It is more than frustrating. I had no milk and had to get someone to bring me a pint in.”

The women told their councillor Lucy Galvin, who said: “Milk delivery is a great service, especially for people who aren’t so mobile, and it is important it works properly.

“Also, if crime like this is going up due to the recent street light switch-off, we need to monitor it and let the police and Norfolk County Council know.”

Chris Munn, Dairy Crest’s marketing controller, urged customers to report any thefts to the police.

He said: “We take the stealing of milk from customers very seriously. Such thefts not only affect customers but also damage the livelihood of our milkmen. We will work actively with the police in Norfolk to help prevent further thefts.”

Do you have a crime story for the Evening News? Contact Peter Walsh on 01603772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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18 comments

  • A security light costs about £8-00 and keeps unauthorisd visitors away. Also why is milk delivered at 4-00am when it has a use by date of about 10 days

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    Andre' Goldsmith

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Whiley Boy, I've been practicing tumbling over pot holes to perfect a claim against NCC...Idea taken from Uncle Albert on Only fools and horses...everyone should do it, they've got millions in reserves waiting to be claimed...every little helps.

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Thieves can do what they want at night now the lights have been switched off, I mean no one is going to see them are they?

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    Twig Stevens

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Archant were very licky to get this scoop of the rising crime wave. Why was not a picture of an empty step shown instead of a library picture. It was probably a well trained cat burglar lapping up it's opportunity. Anyway it must be very difficult for the milkman to see what he is doing at 4am in the pitch dark unless he has a company torch and a spare hand.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • And all that needs to be done to fix this, is to switch the lights back on. I wouldn't consider the idea of walking about in the pitch black. Not only are criminals an issue, but with the numerous pot holes and neglected pavements, it's only going to be a matter of time before somebody has an injury claim against the council. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Andre' Goldsmith, your ten day milk thingy is the cr*p one from the supermarket...bottled milk is fresher and delivered straight from the cow...simples.

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • buy a torch no regards, bookworm(not Bookworm)

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Our local plod beater is not a happy chappie with the streetlight curfew.As has been mentioned...you hear the noise of car glass being put through etc...gosh!! all you can see is big fat darkness. Charter for the big fat villains of Norwich...simples!!! even for Norfolk County Council.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • last poster--ought to move to a decent area like myself.mind how u go.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Andre' Goldsmith, if everyone had one of those security floodlights along my street...it be like a bleeding disco every time a pussy passed by!!!

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • If you see Sid, tell him that preservatives and plastic cr*p leeches into the supermarket cr*p milk...whilst my proper pinta is free of such lurgies and fresh as a daisy, with fully recyclable glass bottle...there!!! gulp...I've gone all green!!!

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    nrg

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • No street lights,no police on the beat! what did anybody expect? Perhaps a drastic reduction in those employed in the ever expanding council empire would pay for these basic sevices,but don't hold your breath!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • And all that needs to be done to fix this, is to switch the lights back on. I wouldn't consider the idea of walking about in the pitch black. Not only are criminals an issue, but with the numerous pot holes and neglected pavements, it's only going to be a matter of time before somebody has an injury claim against the council. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Andre' Goldsmith, if everyone had one of those security floodlights along my street...it be like a bleeding disco every time a cat passed by!!!

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Hello Sidney!...There are 5 little taps at the rear of the cow just underneath the tail. Don't turn them all on at once though.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Been the victim of under the cover of darkness to. Simple way for NCC to save money would have been to turn off every other light across the county instant savings by reducing the electric bill in half! then survays could be undertaken through the night to access whether there is a problem or whether additional lighting could be turned off rather than this crazy all out. In the mean time why do we bother to report the crimes as has been said below no one can see anything so there is no chance of being solved.

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    City Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • My opinion is the same but when I have voiced my opinion most people seem quite happy about it and they say that most crime is happening in the daytime!I feel that it must promote crime it has on our road.Iis very creepy I hate it.

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    foxey

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Last post (NRG) not sure where you get your bottled milk straight from the cow!!! That I would like to see.... Personally I think its a good idea.....get yourselves better security lock your gates,lock your windows, lock everything....get a security light too...it doesn't have to be one of those really bright floodlight types neither.Get a dog ...come on this should get all you whiners going..."get a dog"...whatever next. Put it this way not many people are keen entering my property. Locked gates and a nice dog to meet and greet them and a light to boot...sorry its a sign of the times,thefts,burglaries etc happen in bright daylight too.

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    Sidney

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

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