Warning from police after ten break-ins in four days

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POLICE are warning residents to be on their guard following a spate of break-ins in Ashington over a few days.

A petrol generator was stolen between 8.30pm on Sunday, March 31, and 7.30am the following day after a garage door in Valerian Court was forced open.

A mountain bike and wine were taken from a second garage in the street between 2pm on March 31 and 8am the following day.

Two mountain bikes were stolen from a garage in Ashbourne Crescent between 4pm on Thursday, March 28, and 3pm on Monday, April 1.

A bike and saw were stolen from a garage in Cheshire Close between 5am and 6am on Tuesday, April 2, and a shed was broken into at 5.20am on the same day in Devon Close but nothing was stolen.

Between April 1 and 2, thieves broke into an outhouse in Charlton Street, a shed in Haldane Street, a garage in Essex Close, a garage in Station Road and attempted to break into a caravan in Suffolk Close.

Tools were stolen from a van in Aintree Close between 10pm on March 31 and 8am on April 2.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the break-ins and are urging any witnesses to contact them.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “Extra officers will be on patrol throughout Ashington.

“These patrols will be carried out by both uniform and plain clothes officers during the day and night to provide reassurance to residents as well as catch those responsible.

“Residents can help us by making sure they keep their properties secure and report any suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary.

“We’re carrying out enquiries into the break-ins and asking anyone who has any information to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.