Police warning after burglaries in and around A143

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Police are urging north Suffolk communities to ‘See It, Hear It, Report It’ by being vigilant after a spate of burglaries in villages around the A143.

There have been 13 burglaries or attempted burglaries along the stretch of road since January.

Three of these offences have taken place in Barningham, the first of which was discovered on January 7 and the most recent on March 1.

There were also burglaries in Hopton and Coney Weston.

The other incidents took place in Great Barton, where there was four burglaries, while another four happened in Stanton. Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles in the vicinity of these villages to contact us. Intelligence from local communities is often crucial in helping us to identify suspects for these types of crime.

“The fact that many of these burglaries have taken place whilst the residents were away could indicate that the offenders have visited the area prior to the burglaries taking place.

“Don’t dismiss someone or something that looks out of place – if you believe it to be suspicious then contact police with descriptions of people or registration numbers of vehicles.

“If planning to go away for the night or on holiday, you are advised to let close neighbours know that the house will be unoccupied so they can keep an eye on it. Neighbours will then know if they see or hear anyone at your property that they should not be there.”

Anyone with information in relation to the burglaries, or who believes they may have witnessed suspicious activity in their community, is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, or alternatively you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A police spokesperson added: “If you believe a crime to be in progress always call 999.”