Call for investigation after men spotted in Thorpe St Andrew gardens

A still from the CCTV camera on Hillcrest Road.

A still from the CCTV camera on Hillcrest Road. - Credit: Archant

Police are being asked to investigate after men were spotted in the driveways and gardens of several properties.

Hillcrest Road in Thorpe St Andrew

Hillcrest Road in Thorpe St Andrew - Credit: Archant

The incidents have been reported in the Thorpe St Andrew area and involve 'male figures' lurking around people's homes.

Philip Clay, 46, said he caught four men, dressed in hoodies and beanie hats, on his CCTV cameras after they jumped over his fence.

Nothing was stolen during the incident, but he said a saw was found in a nearby garden on the same stretch of Hillcrest Road.

He is now asking for police to take more of an interest, as it has left him, and others living nearby, feeling 'vulnerable'.

'It is lucky that we were all at home at the time,' he said. 'But you feel violated to a degree and you want to feel safe in your home.

'All I want is for police to investigate this and to come and look at the CCTV.'

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A police spokesman said officers did attend the particular incident at around 9.50pm on December 11.

But nothing was found and no offence had been committed, so there was no investigation.

Mr Clay said the four males, who he believed to be teenagers, had walked past his house two or three times during the night.

He added they then entered the garden of a property next-door-but-one, before being disturbed when the owner came home.

They then jumped the fence and ended up in an area to the side of his house, where they were spotted on CCTV.

He said the affected properties had all increased their security in recent weeks.

A post on Thorpe St Andrew Town Council's Facebook page stated that 'male figures' had been seen around Oak Avenue, Pride Way and Hillcrest Road.

The police spokesman said the safer neighbourhood team would be going to collect CCTV footage and provide reassurance and advice to residents.

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