Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Hadleigh: Undercover operation launched in response to spike in burglaries

06:00 23 November 2012

Police searching for missing man Mark Bewley reveal he has been found

Police searching for missing man Mark Bewley reveal he has been found

POLICE have been carrying out an undercover operation in Hadleigh to help curb the rising number of burglaries in the town in recent months.

shares

There were ten recorded cases of burglary in Hadleigh during October – six of which were in business premises in the High Street. Five of the burglaries took place over two consecutive nights.

In previous months, similar incidencies have occurred in Lady Lane Industrial Estate where there were also three cases of lead theft from roofs. There have also been several reported incidents at a housing estate occupied by Armed Forces families.

At a recent town council meeting, Pc Matt Paisley reassured councillors who were concerned about the apparent hike in crime.

He said: “We have definitely experienced a rise in burglaries throughout October, and the crime figures in the past four weeks would suggest this trend is continuing. CID have been investigating the crimes on the High Street and we have several actions in place to tackle this.

“We have also been carrying out a plain- clothes operation between the hours of 10pm and 4am in the town as a means of crime prevention and reduction.” Councillor David Grutchfield said he was concerned the army estate had been “targeted” after the crime statistics showed the area had been hit by thieves an “abnormally high” number of times.

He added: “The estate is right on the A1071, which I think is one of the biggest contributing factors to the crime there. The families are just seeking some reassurance.”

Pc Paisley said: “Armed services families are used to living in a gated community, so that often makes them a bit more vulnerable.

“We have been working with the MoD and county welfare on a crime prevention package and we are trying to re-educate families, let them know that we are here to help and that they can contact us if they are concerned about anything.”

He confirmed police were working with the fire service to build offender profiles following three recorded arson incidents in Hadleigh during October.

After two further attacks including a car fire in Raven Way and a massive blaze at a fuel storage depot on Lady Lane Industrial Estate last Friday, investigations have been stepped up. Police have also been working with business owners on the estate on crime prevention measures.

shares

0 comments

Essex fire crews attended

Firefighters in Essex have been called to a blaze at an art warehouse in Colchester this evening.

London Road North in Lowestoft has been cordoned off by emergency services.

Emergency services have descended on the centre of Lowestoft following an incident this afternoon.

Shotley wins Village of the Year.

Shotley has been announced the winner of the annual Suffolk Village of the Year competition.

Firefighters attended the incident

Emergency services were called to a crash on the A14 near Coddenham this afternoon.

It won't be the real thing, sadly, but there is an Abba tribute in Colchester this weekend

Brave the September weather this weekend and treat family and friends to a day out in East Anglia. Unsure where to go? Here are 10 events you shouldn’t miss:

The scene of a fire at Exning Primary School. Headteacher, James Clark.

Two members of the public tried to stop the blaze at Exning Primary School before the fire brigade arrived.

Ronald Chisnall

An 89-year-old widower who sexually assaulted two schoolgirls at his Ipswich home has been jailed for 34 months.

Fire crews at the scene of a fire behind the former Burton's factory in Ipswich Waterfront

Firefighters have been called to a fire at the former Burtons factory on Ipswich Waterfront.

Jonathan Dotchin, Kezi Mellen UCS LGBT+ society with Valerie Jarvis of Theta Cafe with some of the items collected for Calais refugees.

Members of a university Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) society have launched a collection for refugees in Calais.

The A14

Emergency teams worked to release a man trapped in his car after it overturned on the A14.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages