Five homes burgled in one night

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A SPATE of burglaries in Ashington has prompted a warning from police to householders to make sure they lock up their homes.

Thieves got into five houses and one car in Cotswold Drive, Hambleton Court, Chiltern Close, Pennine Drive and Milton Grove overnight on Tuesday, February 7, and into the early hours of the following day.

The owners of four of the five houses targeted had left doors unlocked, meaning the thieves simply had to try a door handle to gain access.

The car in Hambleton Court had also been left unlocked.

Items taken included an Xbox console, clothes, cash, a wallet, purse, pair of binoculars, alcohol, bike, golf clubs, camera, laptop computer, mobile phone and printer.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Reeve, of the police’s Northumberland area command, said: “We are doing all we can to tackle burglaries and thefts in Ashington. Extra patrols are being carried out on foot and on the roads.

“Inquiries to trace those believed to be involved in the burglaries themselves or those who sell on or receive the stolen items are ongoing.

“We really need the public’s help, though. People need to lock their doors, windows, cars and garages to stop opportunist thieves.

“We know thieves are going round estates, streets and neighbourhoods simply trying car doors, garages and house doors, hoping to come across ones that are left unlocked.

“If your door is unlocked, a thief could sneak in and help themselves to valuables.

“Becoming a victim of crime is a horrible experience.

“Knowing that someone has been in your home or your car and through your personal possessions is extremely intrusive and upsetting.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call police on 03456 043043 ext 69191.