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November 2010

Jewellery Thefts - countywide
Police are urging people to remain vigilant following reports of a specific kind of jewellery theft in town centres throughout the county.

A 67-year-old woman had her necklace stolen outside Morrisons in Beccles. At 5:15pm Thursday 9 December, the victim was approached by a young woman who was trying to sell her jewellery. She placed necklaces around her neck and put items of jewellery in her hand. The victim said that she did not want any and at this stage a shop worker intervened and told the younger woman to leave. A short time later the victim realised that her own necklace that she had originally been wearing had been taken.

A Suffolk Police spokesperson said:

“There have been five other similar offences to this recorded in Ipswich and Lowestoft during the last few weeks, where offenders have also pretended to be trying to sell items by placing them around people’s necks. When the victim says they do not want to buy anything the jewellery is taken back but the victim’s own jewellery is also stolen.”

Officers are urging anyone who is approached in a similar manner to call police immediately, using 999, if you suspect you may have been a victim of a theft.

High Street, Stansfield between 29/11/10 and 01/12/10 A blue Rice Europa two horse tailer has been stolen from a farmyard where it had been left secure. It contained boots, rugs and grooming equipment.

Stoke Road, Clare between 5pm 02/12/10 and 9am 03/12/10 Offenders have gained entry to an outbuilding and stolen two Demon X140 pit bikes and related clothing.

Postal Scam
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).  DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.  If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.  If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

16th - Ashfield Green
Approximately 6.30pm two males wearing balaclavas were disturbed in Ashfield Green Wickhambrook in a silver R reg Subaru Impreza Estate. We then had reported a theft from motor vehicle in Coltsfoot Close Wickhambrook and a theft of a lawnmower in Ashfield Green Wickhambrook.

16th - Coltfoot Close
Between 5.30pm and 8.45pm on Coltsfoot Close, Wickhambrook offenders have forced entry to a Mitsubishi pick up truck and taken a radio and a toolbox from within. If you have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/2847.

13th - Clare
Station Road, Clare between 4.30am and 5am two men have broken into a club by cutting power to the building and smashing a window, and stolen cash from a games machine and taken a TV before leaving the scene on a small green motorcycle wearing green helmets.

11th - Hawstead
Bell Lane, Hawstead between 7am and 6.40pm offenders have broken into a house by forcing doors and stolen alcohol, camera equipment, jewellery and an ornament.

9th - Cowlinge
Mill Lane, Cowlinge between 6pm and 10.45pm offenders have broken into a tack room at stables by forcing the door and stolen a large quantity of horse tack.

8th - Hawkedon Between 5 -7pm a Horsebox trailer and a strimmer stolen from insecure barn in farm.

7th - Kedington
A quantity of wood taken from Hall Farm.

5th - Depden
Between 7am and 6.30pm on The Green, Depden offenders have forced open a rear door of a property but on opening the door an alarm was visible and it is thought the offenders fled and no property was stolen. If you have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/2747.

3rd - Lidgate
Church Hill, Lidgate at around 7pm. Two men have broken into a black and silver Mitsubishi L200 on a driveway by smashing a window and stolen the steering wheel, a steering lock and a coat. They were disturbed tampering with a bar on the rear of the vehicle and drove off in a dark coloured Vauxhall Astra van with a noisy exhaust. The men are described as around 5 foot 9 inches tall, in their mid 20s and one was wearing a dark coloured fleece.

October 2010

Please use this link to report any Information for ANY of the crimes below.

30th - Meeting Green
GoshawkIn Meeting Green, Wickhambrook at around 12.50am Saturday 30th October offenders broke into a shed in a back garden by cutting the padlock and stole or released a goshawk from inside. The bird is female and 14 years old, and has a silver anodized rung on her right foot. It would not survive in the wild and the owner is anxious to know its whereabouts. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to PC Andrew Green at Haverhill Police on 01284 774100 reference HH/10/2705

30th - Lidgate
Between 17:00 on 29/10/10 and 09:00 on 30/10/10.  A solar panel and a battery charging unit powering an electric fence around a field containing animals has been stolen.Crime Reference HH/10/2696

27th - Clare
Overnight the Old Community Centre in Clare was the victim of an attempted burglary where a lock was broken and access was gained to the building.

26th - Hargrave
Overnight a ride on mower was stolen from the rear of a property.

26th/27th - Stoke-by-Clare
Between 3.30pm 26/10/10 and 8.20am 27/10/10 Offenders have broken into a shed at a school by forcing the lock and doors and stolen a red Westwood ride-on lawnmower and sweeper and a silver trailer. A tractor was also moved during the incident. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to PC Ian Holyland.

25th - Whepstead
Between 18:30 and 20:00 a trailer and other items including many garden power tools were stolen from outbuildings at a property.

September 2010

24th/25th - Stradishall
A143 Stradishall between 5pm 24/09/10 and 7.15am 25/09/10 Offenders have broken into a barn housing a joinery by smashing a window and stolen a lathe.

20th - Ashfield Green
Between 1945 hours and 2100hours a robbery took place at Ashfield Green with a number of items being stolen from outer building/s including a chain saw with diesel was also taken.  A Blue van was seen driving past slowly on Sunday 19th September but its not known if the said van was involved in any way.

18th - Cavendish
Police and trading standards officers are urging people to be cautious when dealing with doorstep sellers after incidents in Cavendish & Wetherden were reported over the last few days.

August 2010

10th - Distraction Burglaries
Please be aware of five distraction burglary incidents that have occurred in
Cavendish Way in Sudbury at 9.55am
First Avenue, Sudbury at 10.20am
Causeway Estate, Hitcham at 10.35am
Cullum Rd, Bury St Edmunds at 11.35am
and St Martins Street, Bury St Edmunds at around midday
In each incident two white males have called at homes claiming to be from a water company needing to check water pressure or pipes. Entry was gained to two of the properties.
Police would like all residents to operate a simple doorstep procedure of Locking front and back doors, stopping to think if any visitors are expected, using a door chain or bar and carefully checking any identification offered. Be extremely cautious with any callers who are insistent that they must have immediate access to your home. If you are unsure, do not let them enter your property and alert police immediately using 999 if you are suspicious

6th - Burglary Convictions
Three men have been jailed for a series of house burglaries in Suffolk and Norfolk. The 31 burglaries included ones at Lidgate, wickhambrook, Calford Green near Kedington and Hargrave. They admitted conspiracy to commit burglaries.
All three men from Norwich appeared before norwich Crown Court when one man was jailed for three and a half years and two jailed for three years.


July 2010

22nd - Hawkedon
Thurston End between 4pm and 11.30 offenders have gained entry to an insecure workshop and stolen a generator and power tools.

22nd / 23rd - Denston
Between 5pm 22/07/10 and 3pm 23/07/10 Offenders have broken into a cart lodge by forcing the lock and stolen a chainsaw, a lawnmower, a leaf blower, a drill and cabling. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to the Crime Investigation Bureau (CIB) on 01473 613500 quoting reference HH/10/1867.

28th - Jailed for Burglaries
Three men were sentenced to a total of nine and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglaries across Norfolk and Suffolk.  The men were sentenced for a total of 31 burglaries.

June 2010

25th - Wickhambrook
Between 2am and 7am a lock was forced to gain entry to a garage in Shop Hill in Wickhambrook and a green John Deere ride-on lawnmower stolen from within.  If you saw anything suspicious in the area in the early hours of Friday morning or have any information relating to this theft please contact Haverhill Police on 01284 774100 reference HH/10/1533

May 2010

26th - Attleton Green
A stable yard gate was taken off its hinges and the ride on mower stolen along with a brand new automatic watering system. The culprits had evidently been all over the garden as every gate and door was left open. They were seen by a neighbour opposite leaving with the lawnmower on a trailer at 10.10pm. A wheelbarrow was left out - it looked as if they had intended to steal plants and they possibly made more than one visit. They will have had to have taken some time removing the welded on washers on the gate hinges. Also it appears that padlocks were cut at the neighbour’s property although it does not appear anything was taken. Calls in relation to these incidents should be made to PC Richard Baker at Haverhill Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/1223.

20th/21st - Theft
Malting End, Wickhambrook between 8pm 20/05/10 and 8.45am 21/05/10 Offenders have broken into stables by cutting a padlock and stolen a red Briggs and Stratton ride-on lawnmower. An insecure shed was also entered and an orange chainsaw was stolen.

19th/20th - Theft
Wickhambrook between 19/05/10 and 21/05/10 Offenders have broken into a garage by forcing a lock and stolen a lawmower. Calls in relation to these incidents should be made to Sgt Kevin Horton at the St Edmundsbury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/1167.

20th/21st - Theft
Between 9pm Thursday 20th and 8am Friday 21st May on Front Street, Ousden offenders have stolen an aluminium four-wheeled trailer from a rear garden. Were you in the area at the time, did you see anything suspicious? Do you know the name of the offender or offenders? If you have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/1163.

1st - Prison
On the 1st May a female visitor to the prison was arrested for possession of controlled drugs.

April 2010

28th - A143
Although not initially a Suffolk crime a male was arrested by Suffolk Officers on the 28th April on the A143 at Wickhambrook for aggravated theft of a tractor and disqualified driving.

Reward offered Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook between 12pm 26/04/10 and 7am 27/04/10 A reward of £200 is being offered for information which leads to the detection of a crime of theft from motor vehicle, after a blue Pride Go Go mobility scooter and charger were stolen from the boot of a silver Citroen C4 which had been left insecure. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to PC Trish Sinclair at the St Edmundsbury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

6th / 9th - Stradishall
Between 4pm Tuesday 6th and 11am Friday 9th April on The Street, Stradishall offenders have damaged forty-three wooden railings outside a property. Were you in the area at the time, did you see anything suspicious? Do you know the name of the offender or offenders? If you have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/785

3rd - Wickhambrook
A common assault with a known offender was reported outside a pub in Wickhambrook

March 2010

Between 7pm 28/03/10 and 7.30am 29/03/10
Thorns Close, Wickhambrook. Five ceramic pots have been emptied of their plants and stolen from the front and rear gardens of a house.

Between 12pm 28/03/10 and 6.45am 29/03/10
Croft Close, Wickhambrook. Three pots have been emptied of their plants and stolen from a front garden.

Between 5pm 28/03/10 and 8am 29/03/10
Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook Five plastic plant pots have been stolen from a front garden.

Between 9.30pm 28/03/10 and 7.45am 29/03/10
Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook. Four planters and two bird ornaments have been stolen from a front garden.

Between 11pm 26/03/10 and 9am 27/03/10
Westward Deals, Kedington A ceramic pot containing daffodils has been stolen from a front garden.

To date we have had 12 similar garden crimes reported at Wickhambrook and 5 at Kedington.  Calls in relation to these incidents should be made to Sgt Kevin Horton at the St Edmundsbury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/665.

Between 10.50pm Sunday 28th and 8am Monday 29th March
Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook offenders have entered a front garden and taken two large stone dog ornaments.  Also Between 9.30pm Sunday 28th and 7.45am Monday 29th March on Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook offenders have entered a front garden and taken garden ornaments including a stone eagle. Were you in the area at the time, did you see anything suspicious? Do you know the name of the offender or offenders? If you have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/670.

18th/19th - Wickhambrook
Meeting Green, Wickhambrook between 6pm 18/03/10 and 8am 19/03/10 Offenders have broken into an empty house by forcing a door and stolen plumbing fittings. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to Sgt Kevin Horton at the St Edmundsbury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/574.

14th -15th March - Stradishall
An insecure motor vehicle was entered in Hawthorne Way, Stradishall between 14th and 15th March. Not known if anything taken.

12th and 17th - Highpoint Prison
An assault occurred at Highpoint Prison on the 12th March and also on   the 17th (offenders known).

13th - Assault
There was an assault (no injury) at the pub in Thurlow in the early hours of the morning on the 13th (offender known).

Vehicle Damaged
A vehicle had it's tyres damaged by a nail when it was parked in Tudor Close Chedburgh, this is believed to have happened during March but exact date not known.

13 March - Forged Bank Note
A fake £20.00 Bank of England bank note was presented for payment at Wickhambrook Post Office. The postmaster accepted the note and after the customer had left he scanned it and discovered it was a forgery.  A suspect has been interviewed and denied he knew it was a fake. Enquiries are continuing.

12/13th March - Hundon theft
A childs mini moped was stolen from outside a dwelling in Steeplechase, Hundon whilst it was left unattended and insecure overnight 12th/13th March 2010.

February 2010

26th February - Wickhambrook
A garage has been broken into in Nunnery Green Wickhambrook, a white van is suspected of being involved.

22/23 February - Denston
Lower Green, Denston between 12pm 22/02/10 and 12pm 23/02/10 Offenders have broken into a house by forcing a window and stolen copper piping and radiators. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to DC Paul Gant at Bury CID on 01284 774100 quoting reference number HH/10/415.

11/13 February - Stradishall
A143 Stradishall between 6.45pm 11/02/10 and 6.45pm 13/02/10 A dismantled aluminium greenhouse has been stolen from the side of the road. Calls in relation to this incident should be made to PC Andrew Green.

January 2010

28/31 January - Theft - Little Bradley
Between 7pm Thursday 28th and 9am Sunday 31st January in Little Bradley offenders have entered a farmyard and stolen scrap radiators, cabling, RSJ's, fifteen simba dics, two new palette tines and two new fertiliser discs and twelve weights for a tractor. If anyone has any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/245.

27/31 January - Theft - Ashfield Green
Between 1pm Wednesday 27th January & 7pm Sunday 31st January offenders have forced entry to a rear window of a home on Ashfield Green. Once inside they have made an untidy search and have stolen a quantity of jewellery and a black HP laptop computer. Were you in the area over the times given and did you see anything suspicious? If you have any information relating to this incident please contact Haverhill police on 01473 613500 reference HH/10/233

29th January - Thefts in Lidgate
Between 10am and 1.30pm on Bury Lane, Lidgate offenders have forced entry to a property and searched inside before stealing three mens wristwatches from within.   Also On Friday 29th January between 8.30am and 1.30pm on Bury Lane, Lidgate offenders have forced entry to another property and stolen jewellery from within including an engagement ring that had two diamonds and three sapphires in it. Were you in the area at the time, did you see anything suspicious? Do you know the name of the offender or offenders? If you have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100 quoting reference HH/10/205.

28 January - Metal Thefts
Businesses and members of the public are being urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police, following a number of thefts of metal and associated items over the past two months. In December 2009 there were at least 30 instances of theft of items such as scrap metal, cabling, lead from roofs, car batteries and components and pipes and plumbing supplies. So far in January 2010 (to 27th) there have been at least 46 reported thefts across Suffolk. The value of metal has increased over time, and people should be vigilant in protecting their property and that of their neighbours. Owners of properties vulnerable to metal theft are urged to make their buildings and sites as secure as possible to keep criminals out. Where possible it is advised to use security lighting to deter thieves, and CCTV can also deter as well as capturing images of offenders and their vehicles. All gates and entrances to premises should be properly secured. Valuable property can be marked and photos taken, to identify it if it s recovered. Industrial Watches are in place in many areas, contact your Community Watch Liaison Officer on 01473 613500 for further details. In some cases several thousand pounds worth of metal in its various forms has been stolen from premises, which takes a considerable amount of time to remove and a vehicle to transport. Any sightings of persons acting suspiciously near building sites or any property with lead roofing, or cold calling looking for scrap metal should be reported to police.

25 January - Dog Scam
Police are again urging anyone considering buying a dog via the internet to be alert after further reports of a scam designed to get money under false pretences were received by officers. Suffolk Police issued a warning earlier this month after a Rendlesham resident spotted an advert on the internet for a Siberian husky puppy saying all that would be needed to buy the puppy was the cost of transportation several hundred pounds. The buyer was told there was a shipping company involved and was asked to pay half of the cost. She was then asked for more money as refundable insurance. In total £350 was sent off to an address in Africa. The buyer was then told that the dog was stuck at a UK airport and that further cash would be needed for permits and again several hundred pounds was requested. The buyer then contacted the airport and was told there were no dogs awaiting shipment. At this point it was realised this was a scam and no further money was handed over. Police have received several reports of residents in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds being conned in a similar way in recent weeks with a variety of different dogs, usually puppies, including King Charles Spaniels, Pugs and English Bulldogs, being used to entice buyers. Police are urging anyone considering buying a dog off the internet to be cautious and not to send money if there are any doubts the seller may not be genuine. In many of these cases the buyers have transferred money to banks or addresses in Africa despite the seller often giving a story that they are UK based. As with any transaction it is always wise to speak to local sellers/ tradesmen to get quotes or view items before agreeing to purchase as many reputable companies/ dealers will be covered by other guarantees and trade association good practice.

23 January - Thefts from Churches
Theft of lead from a stained glass window and from a church roof has been reported as part of three separate incidents involving thefts from rural churches in Suffolk recently. The first incident was reported yesterday, Friday 22nd January, as having occurred between the 19th and 22nd January, two further incidents have been reported today Saturday 23rd January. Please be aware of these incidents and report any damage to or any suspicious activity around churches to 01473 613500, particularly in the more rural and isolated areas. If you have reason to believe a crime may be in progress please use 999

8 January - Email Scam
Suffolk police have today received a report regarding a scam email from HM Revenue & Customs stating that the recipient is eligible for a tax rebate. The email address is securemail@hmrc.gov.uk, once in the email you are asked to click on a link and a list of banks will appear. After selecting your bank you are then asked to input your bank details. HM Revenue & Customs have been contacted and have confirmed that the email HAS NOT been sent by them. If you receive one of these emails please delete it, do not enter any of your personal details. If you are unsure whether the email is authentic please contact HM Revenue & Customs.

Stolen Horses
Hi, My two miniature horses were stolen of the night of 29/12/09 - see the poster. I bought Bailey and Tinkerbell 4 weeks ago as a way of getting back into horses after a riding accident 3 years ago which left me paralysed from the chest down and in a wheelchair. They are the ideal size for me to groom and take for walks and I was planning on showing them this year. ANY INFORMATION NO MATTER WHAT SIZE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. I would be very grateful as I am completely distraught about losing two very much loved family members.

Please Contact SURREY POLICE on 0845 125 2222 (Incident Ref No/ SL0910444) and/or Daniel on 07738 826953

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