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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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The police are releasing photographs of thousands of items of property recovered as part of an investigation into a prolific crime gang. They hope to reunite the items, which are believed to have come from crimes in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties between 9 December 2016 and 9 January 2018, with their rightful owners.

Last month, the gang members were sentenced to a total of 71 years in jail. They had committed more than 200 burglaries, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million pounds. Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight. They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts. Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire. The images can be viewed here https://www.flickr.com/photos/ophawksbury/

Those who believe an item belongs to them should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, date and address of offence, crime number, exhibit number/album-photo ref of property, contact details, including email address, and any receipts/proof of purchase or photographs of items.

For more on the sentencing of the crime gang visit our website here https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/burglary-conspiracy-jail-Norwich 

 

 

 

Burglaries

Distraction burglaries are becoming more frequent in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at the moment. Whittlesey is no exception and there have been  burglaries in our area recently. Our local police have already carried out a patrol of the area and more are planned. 

Some advice on how to help being a victim of distraction burglary is on this website at distraction burglary advice.  You can also find advice on home security here.

Here are some recent incidents:

  • The victim allowed a potential buyer to enter the address and use her toilet, the potential buyer left the victims home and the victim had realised there was £60 missing.
  • An attempted burglary during which a person tried to gain entry to a building using tools. Entry was not gained.
  • Four suspects offered to cut the victims tree’s and victim believes one of them has stolen £800 from the address as part of a distraction burglary.
  • Another distraction burglary occurred on Victory Avenue.  The victim was distracted by a male at the front door saying the guttering was leaking, upon returning indoors the victim realised money and belongings had been taken.

If you have any information about crimes or have seen something you are suspicious of, even if you are not certain, please contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 or if a crime is in progress, or life is threatened, ring the emergency number 999.  If you prefer, you can use report a crime online which will guide you through reporting the crime to Cambridgeshire police.