Police appeal after a spate of town centre afternoon burglaries

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 July 2012

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A SPATE of burglaries from houses in Weston town centre has led police to issue an appeal for witnesses.

Five houses were raided between the beginning of the month and July 18, and items stolen include two mountain bikes, a TV, a laptop, jewellery and cash.

Four of the houses were in Weston town centre, with one in West ward.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Weston town centre sergeant Mark Raby said the crimes are happening in the afternoon between 12.30-6.30pm.

He said: “If anybody sees someone they don’t recognise coming out of a front door, get straight on the phone.

“It’s five burglaries at the moment. We don’t want it to turn into a bigger problem.”

But figures released by the force and North Somerset Council’s Safer and Stronger team have revealed that most crime is down year-on-year for the first five months of 2012 compared to 2011 in Weston town centre and West ward.

The total number of crimes in the town centre has dropped by 17 per cent for January to May 2012 against the same period in 2011.

Shoplifting and non-residential burglary in particular are down by 46 per cent, while theft from vehicles is down by 40 per cent and harassment is down 27 per cent.

Criminal damage stayed level, while the only increase was common assault, up 15 per cent.

In West ward, the figures show an increase of 63 per cent in theft from cars, from 16 to 26, while assault is up 23 per cent in the area, from 26 to 32, and common assault is up six per cent.

But the other crimes were down, with car theft halved and a third less shoplifting.

Police have asked for anyone with information about burglary and other crimes to call them on 101.

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