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Good Afternoon, Earith and Needingworth District Members –
Here is our Christmas Eve Policing Update for your district. But before listing the incidents reported in the last week, may I just wish everyone a very Happy Christmas, from everyone here at St Ives Police Station. Enjoy the festivities, and stay safe!
High Street, Earith – A thief broke into a house on High Street, Earith, via a kitchen window and then stole a 40-inch television set, leaving by the front door, at some time during the day on Monday 16th December. A suspicious male was seen loitering outside the house at around lunchtime on that day. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/90028/19)
Hollidays Road, Bluntisham – Thieves entered a blue VW van left parked outside a house on Hollidays Road, Bluntisham, on Tuesday morning, 17th December, and stole a number of personal possessions that had been left in the footwell and in the driver’s door. Police are looking at CCTV footage as part of the investigation. (Ref 35/89992/19)
Earith Road, Colne – A suspicious male was disturbed interfering with a van left parked on the driveway of a house on Earith Road, Colne, at around 11:30 am on Tuesday 17th December. When challenged, the male said he was ‘looking for a business card’, and walked off. However, CCTV footage show that he had tried the doors of the van and entered it before he was interrupted. Police are examining the pictures of the suspect with a view to establishing his identity. (Ref 35/90267/19)
Colne Road, Bluntisham – Thieves entered a black VW van whilst it was left parked on the verge outside a house on Colne Road, Bluntisham, on Tuesday morning, 17th December. The van had been left unlocked for a short time, and the thieves took power tools worth several hundred pounds. (Ref 35/90357/19)
Station Road, Bluntisham – There was an attempted burglary at a shop on Station Road, Bluntisham, at around 2:20 am early on Friday morning, 20th December. CCTV recorded pictures of an unknown suspect repeatedly hitting the shop window with an object, but failing to break it. The suspect can then be seen driving off in a car, possibly a Ford Focus. (Ref 35/90702/19)
Bluntisham Heath Road – Thieves targeted the recycling centre on Bluntisham Heath Road again at some time overnight on Friday 20th / Saturday 21st December. They entered the site by breaking the padlocks off the main gates, then searched through several of the metal containers before leaving, having stolen old car batteries and scrap copper and brass. Police will be looking at CCTV footage as part of the investigation. (Ref 35/90971/19)
Parson’s Green, St Ives – The rear windscreen of a red Vauxhall car was smashed whilst it was left in the car-park of a supermarket at Parson’s Green, St Ives, on Monday afternoon, 23rd December. Police hope that the incident may have been captured on CCTV. (Ref 35/91494/19)
And Finally … Some Last Minute Seasonal Advice about Home Security:
Christmas is now upon us and you may be planning to visit family members or go away for the festive period. It's a busy time of year but please don't forget about security for your home. Empty properties can be easy targets for burglars. If your property will be empty over the Christmas period please consider these crime reduction hints and tips:
- Ensure all doors and windows are all left locked and secure. Double check before you leave the house.
- Keep any spare house/car keys away from letter boxes and windows.
- Keep items such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras, iPads/tablets out of sight.
- Utilise burglar alarms if you have one fitted.
- Speak to trusted neighbours and ensure they have your contact details in case they may need to contact you.
- Lock away ladders, tools and any other items which a burglar could use to gain entry to your home.
- Use timer switches so that your property looks occupied whilst you are away.
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:
Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
the '101' non-emergency telephone number;
the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;
Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.
In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
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