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Police hunt three men in an Audi after second spate of burglaries across West Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:12 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 21 June 2018

Police are appealing for information after a spate of burglaries. Picture: Archant library.

Police are appealing for information after a spate of burglaries. Picture: Archant library.

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Police are hunting a burglary gang after a second spate of break-ins in West Norfolk.

Detectives believe they may have been carried out by three men travelling in a dark-coloured Audi estate.

Officers are investigating five break-ins which happened between 10.30am and 5.30pm yesterday.

Properties were targeted on the Glebe Estate in Tilney All Saints, Fir Tree Drive and Westland Chase in West Winch, Lynn Road in Setchey and West Road in Shouldham Thorpe. It remains unclear whether any property was stolen during the incidents.

Police believe the suspects used a dark coloured Audi estate to travel on the A10 between West Winch and King’s Lynn and police are keen to hear from anyone who travelled the same route between 2.20pm and 2.40pm and has a dashcam.

They are also investigating an incident in Walton Highway at about 6.30pm yesterday where three men knocked on the door of an address in School Road and briefly spoke to the resident before leaving in a dark coloured Audi.

Det Sgt Sam Pontin, from King’s Lynn CID, said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have information which could help the investigation, in particular residents who may have witnessed three men using a dark coloured Audi acting suspiciously, either knocking on doors or looking out of character.

“I would also urge homeowners to review their home security and to contact police if they see or hear anything out of the ordinary.”

County councillor for Clenchwarton and King’s Lynn South, Alex Kemp, said there should be more police presence on the ground especially as she has seen a rise in petty crimes in her ward.

“We should have the PSCOs and more community policing,” she added. “There are no PCSOs to follow these types of crimes, there is a huge gap in policing.”

Barry Thrower, parish councillor for West Winch and Setchey, said: “Setchey is a little village, all we have is the A10. The burglars are probably not local people.”

Parish councillor John Lamb said crime levels in West Winch were generally low, adding: “We used to get police attendance but since they’ve done away with PCSOs we don’t get that any more.”

Mr Lamb said the burglars may have been opportunists and so residents should keep their homes secure, adding: “At the end of the day it’s about crime prevention.”

The break-ins come after a series of burglaries which were carried out across a 25-mile swathe of the Fens earlier this month.

Four homes in Downham Market were targeted on June 7, along with properties in Feltwell and Wisbech.

Anyone with information or believes they may have dashcam footage which can assist the enquiry should contact King’s Lynn CID on 101.

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