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Bury St Edmunds: Renewed police appeal for vigilance as four properties in town are burgled

PUBLISHED: 18:07 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:07 05 August 2014

Police have renewed a warning to people in Bury St Edmunds to stay vigilant following four more burglaries and attempted to burglaries in the town, as they stressed everything is being done to catch those responsible.

There were two reported incidents in the early hours of Sunday, which followed four pubs in west Suffolk being targeted on Friday.

A property in Scarlin Road was broken into between 4-5am on Sunday and a purse was stolen.

At about 5am the same day, the occupants of a property in Hervey Road were woken up by noises they heard downstairs.

They saw a man pushing a fishing net through a fanlight window in an effort to unlatch the larger window. One of the occupants shouted at the man, who then ran off.

There was also an attempted break in at a home in Albert Street at about 3.40am today and at 9.40pm yesterday, burglars got into a property in Cornfield Road.

After climbing through a window, they stole a wallet and cigarettes.

Acting superintendent Kim Warner, policing commander for St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath, said: “Detecting burglaries remains a priority for Suffolk Police and I am fully aware of the impact it has on victims.

“I want to reassure members of the public that every conceivable effort is being made by my officers to find those responsible for these offences.

“This current crime wave is extremely out of the ordinary for Bury St Edmunds, but we have extra officers patrolling the streets, Crime Scene Investigators attending each burglary to gather forensic evidence, and an experienced team of detectives investigating the offences.

“I am extremely grateful for the diligence of the public so far in promptly reporting suspicious behaviour and as a result we are following-up on some strong leads to catch the offenders.

“In the meantime I am appealing for residents to work with us to reduce their chances of becoming a victim, by ensuring that they have properly secured their properties, which includes locking doors, windows and side gates.

“These are opportunist crimes where the offender is looking for an easy way into your property, so by taking those simple steps your chances of being burgled are greatly diminished.”

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime team on 101 quoting reference BU/14/1822.

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