Warning after burglaries in Downham Market, Feltwell and Wisbech
PUBLISHED: 13:10 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 08 June 2018
Six homes were targeted in a burglary blitz across West Norfolk and the Fens.
Police are linking the spate of break-ins, which happened in Downham Market, Feltwell and Wisbech on Thursday, June 7.
They are warning householders to review their home security and ensure that they keep doors and windows locked and leave a TV or radio on to deter thieves whilst they are out.
Police are linking a spate of burglaries which took place across a 25-mile swathe of West Norfolk and the Fens.
Four homes in Downham Market were targeted, along with properties in Feltwell and Wisbech.
Officers believe the same suspects are responsible for all six break-ins, which happened on Thursday. They are warning householders to check their doors and windows are secured.
Downham Market mayor Frank Daymond believes a lack of police presence and cuts to PCSOs is leading to more criminals avoiding justice, while sentences are not tough enough to deter offenders.
“They get fined – stick them inside for a few years, but that is a personal view,” he said. “The problem is catching the criminals.”
But Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said police were not ignoring domestic crimes.
“The police are well equipped and have the skills and professionalism to carry out investigations of this kind,” he said.
Long-serving town councillor John Fox said burglaries were not common in Downham.
“You see occasions when someone’s had their garag broken into or something, but it’s once in a blue moon,” he added.
Two properties were broken into on Broadlands, near the centre of Downham Market, between 7.45am and 4.40pm. A quantity of jewellery was stolen from one of the addresses.
A home on Landseer Road, off the main Bexwell Road, was broken into between 10am and 3.20pm and cash and jewellery was stolen.
Sunglasses and a watch were stolen from a fourth property on Howdale Road between 8am and 4pm.
Addresses which were targeted form an almost straight line across the town, as thieves travelled from break-in to break-in.
In the village of Feltwell, suspects gained entry to a property between 2.30pm and 3.45pm, where two WW1 and WW2 medals were stolen along with some watches.
A home on the Broadend Road in Wisbech was also broken into between 12.45pm and 2.35pm on Thursday. It is not known at this stage whether anything has been stolen from the address.
Det Con Nichola Lane, at King’s Lynn CID, said: “We are linking these burglaries and our investigations are ongoing.
“Officers will be conducting additional patrols over the coming days but I would like to take this opportunity to ask residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in these areas to police on 101 or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in process.
“I would also urge homeowners to review their home security. Please ensure your doors and windows are locked and secure at all times and if you do need to leave your home unattended, something simple such as leaving on the radio or television can be a good deterrent to opportunistic thieves.”
Anyone with information about the break-ins should contact DC Nichola Lane at Kings Lynn CID in 101.