Police step up patrols after break-in

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POLICE in Blyth are urging householders to be on their guard after three burglary attempts, one of them successful, were reported in a matter of hours.

Two properties on the Solingen Estate were targeted, and a house was broken into in Bohemia Terrace.

At around 2.30pm a week ago on Monday, a burglar was disturbed by the owner of a house on the Solingen Estate as he tried to force its back door open and fled empty-handed.

Three hours later, officers received a call from another resident in the Solingen Estate reporting that someone had tried to break into their house through their patio doors.

The burglar had caused slight damage to the door but had been unable to get inside.

Finally, between 7pm and 7.15pm burglars broke into a house in Bohemia Terrace and stole jewellery and a games console.

Sergeant Garry Neill, of Blyth neighbourhood policing team, said: “This tells us that there are daytime burglars active in Blyth looking for opportunities to break into homes that they think are empty.

“We are stepping up patrols in the areas where these offences have occurred, but we really need the public to help us put a stop to house burglaries.

“We don’t want to see anyone’s Christmas ruined by criminals.”

n A man has been jailed for the first burglary attempt.

James McPhail, 29, of Stakeford, admitted attempted burglary and criminal damage at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court last Thursday and was locked up for eight weeks.