Monthly Archive: January 2014

Burglars steal safe containing rare coins and concert tickets (From … 0

Burglars steal safe containing rare coins and concert tickets (From …

Burglars steal safe containing rare coins and concert tickets First published in News 1 A MUM of two said her family has been left devastated after burglars broke into their home stealing rare coins and concert tickets. Hayley Robson came home on Friday, January 24 at around 3pm to find her house in Hordle Street, Dovercourt had been ransacked. Raiders had turned their home upside down, tearing up clothes and knocking over furniture.

But the most valuable items, including a coin from 1482 and concert tickets, were stored in a safe that was bolted to the wall.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time or who is offered any of the stolen items for sale to call DC Andy Dodd at Clacton CID on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

References ^ News (www.gazette-news.co.uk)

Norfolk Constabulary: Catalytic converter thefts 0

Norfolk Constabulary: Catalytic converter thefts

31 January 2014 Police in South Norfolk are urging motorists to be vigilant as criminals target catalytic converters. The warning comes following incidents in Harleston, Roydon and Scole overnight where suspect(s) have targeted vehicles. Incidents were reported at High Road in Roydon where a Ford Ranger was targeted on a forecourt, Pretty Drive in Scole where a converter was stolen from a Citroen Relay van and in Wilderness Close in Harleston where a Peugeot 406 estate car was targeted.

Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, South Norfolk Policing Commander, urged drivers to be on their guard. He said: “Unfortunately, with the cost of scrap metal, this sort of crime can be quite common in rural areas. “We are urging drivers to take extra precautions whenever possible to try and reduce their chances of falling victim to catalytic converter theft and we will also be targeting patrols in these areas. Ch Insp Armes added: “Parking parallel to another vehicle can make access difficult.

It’s best to keep your vehicle in a garage if possible, and ensure it is fitted with an alarm. “Security marking your catalytic converter can be very effective and can help to identify it as a stolen item. You can contact your local crime reduction officer on 101 for more information. Additional advice includes: Private vehicles should be kept in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit, public area.

Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if you own one. Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or compound. Use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.

Remove items of value from your vehicle whilst unattended and keep it secure at all times. Mark your catalytic converter – etching the part and spraying with heat-resistant paint. Contact your local crime reduction officer on 101 for more information.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or noticed anything suspicious in the areas around the times stated.

Contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 .

Concern grows over missing Downham Market man 0

Concern grows over missing Downham Market man

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about a missing Downham Market man. Barry Birch (44) was last seen near his home address in James Scott Close in the early hours of Saturday 28 December 2013. He was on his own.

Barry is described as white, of slim build and 5ft 8ins tall. He has hazel eyes, is usually clean shaven and has short, light brown hair. He is believed to have been wearing a dark coloured duffle coat when he disappeared.

He has failed to attend several pre-booked medical appointments and has ongoing health concerns.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who believes they may have spotted a man matching Barry s description or has information regarding his current location.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 immediately.