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Thieves steal car from Stanton home in latest in spate of linked burglaries

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Thieves stole a car and other items after breaking in to a home in Stanton - the latest in a spate of linked burglaries in villages outside Bury St Edmunds.

They got in to the property, in the Duke Street area, by forcing open the back door between 4pm on Saturday, April 16 and 4.15pm on Sunday, April 17.

They stole cash, bank cards, a woman’s wrist watch and a television with a 55 inch curved flatscreen. They also took keys to a Ford Fiesta and made off with the car, which was later recovered.

The crime takes the number of burglaries in villages to the north of Bury St Edmunds to 15 since the start of the year. They are all being linked by police.

There have been five in Stanton, five in Great Barton, three in Barningham, one in Coney Weston and one in Hopton.

Police are asking residents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, of Bury CID, said: “Many of these burglaries have taken place whilst the residents were away which could indicate that the offenders have visited the area prior to the burglaries taking place. We are appealing for residents to report any suspicious activity, people or vehicles in their neighbourhoods.”

Alan Shelton, chairman of Stanton Parish Council, said they are ‘very concerned about the problem’ and are continuing to discuss the issue with police. He said that street lighting which had been turned off after a certain time in certain areas has now been re-activated to increase security. Mr Shelton added that ‘public spirited’ residents have put up signs around the village warning people to lock windows and doors and report any unusual activity. Residents can report any suspicious activity by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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