Did you witness travel shop robbery?

Issued on 13/12/14 at 1:23 p.m.

Crime number: LC/05197/14-4

Detectives are investigating following a robbery at a travel shop in Birstall yesterday (Friday 12 December).  Two men targeted Co-op Travel, in Sibson Road, at about 4.20pm where they threatened staff and stole a large quantity of money, including travellers cheques and foreign currency.

No one was injured in the incident but staff have been left incredibly shaken by the ordeal.

Both suspects are described as being black, about 6ft tall and of slim build. They were both wearing dark coloured clothing and balaclavas.  They are believed to have run off in the direction of Wanlip Avenue.

Detective Constable 2129 Luke Brookes, who is investigating the robbery, said: “The area would have been busy at the time with lots of traffic passing through. If that’s your usual route home, or you were in the area around the time of the robbery, you may have seen what happened or saw the suspects before the incident.  “Think back to last night, did you see two men acting suspiciously? If you did, call us immediately.  “Equally, if you have been offered any large amounts of foreign currency or travellers cheques for sale, or know someone who has, we want to hear from you.”

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(Information taken from the Leicestershire Police website)

Burglary and Attempted Burglary

Birstall Road (close to the junction with East Road), between 11.00am on Friday 5th and 6.00pm on Monday 8th December.  Tools from a garden shed were used to force open a kitchen door.  The attempt was unsuccessful and they left empty handed.

Fielding Road (close to the junction with Oakfield Avenue), between 1.30pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday 9th December.  Entry was by smashing the glass in a side door.  This was followed by a search of the property although it is not thought that anything was taken.

Were you in either of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Infromation from local beat officer)

Burglary – Greengate Lane

On Tuesday 2nd December between 1.30pm and 4.30pm a house on Greengate Lane (close to Woodgate Drive) was broken into.  Entry was by forcing the garden gate and then forcing the rear door of the house.  There was an untidy search made of the property but at this time it is not known if anything was taken.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary / Distraction Burglary.

Melba Way, at around 12.20pm today, Tuesday 2nd December there was an attempted burglary.  The occupant was disturbed by a banging at the front door and went to investigate.  A male then engaged him in conversation while a second male went into the house.  The occupant challenged them about what they were doing and both then left in the direction of Worcester Avenue.  It was later found that the front door was damaged consistant with an attempt to gain entry.

Both men are descibed as of ‘Eastern european’ appearance, around 28yrs old, 6ft tall, with goatee beards and wearing grey jackets and tracksuit bottoms.  An unsuccessful search of the area was made by several police officers.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see these men or anything suspicious ?  Maybe they had a vehicle not far away ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Burglaries

Hallam Avenue, around 9.00pm on Thursday 27th November an attempt was made to break into the front door of a house.  The house was occupied at the time and the intruder fled when this was realised, no property taken.

Curzon Avenue (close to Kilby Avenue), between 3.00pm and 7.00pm on Saturday 30th November.  Entry was gained by using a set of keys previously stolen from an insecure vehicle.  No property was taken.

Were you in either of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Break-ins

1)  Harrowgate Drive (close to Ambergate Drive), between 3.00pm on Friday 14th and 4.30pm on Sunday 16th November a house was broken into by smashing a rear patio door.  Jewellery was stolen.

2)  Ludgate Close, at approximately 10.30am today, Monday 17th November, a house was broken into by smashing glass in a conservatory door.  The occupant was at home and confronted the intruder, nothing was taken.  An extensive search was done but no trace of the suspect was found.

Were you in either of these areas around these times, did yoy see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Attempted Burglary

Between 8.00pm on Friday 14th and 8.00am on Saturday 15th November an attempted burglary occurred at a  house on Westgate Avenue.  The attempt was to break into a side porch using a garden fork and a pair of garden shears, these were left at the property and do not belong to the house owner.

Do you know where these garden tools came from ?  Please check your sheds and garages for any missing tools.

Were you in the area of Westgate Avenue during these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

Crime Ref:-  LC/04766/14-5

(Information from local beat officers)

Can You Help ?

There have been 3 or 4 reports in recent months of raw meat being dumped in the footpath/alleyway between Northfield Avenue and Gwendolin Avenue.  Understandably the adjacent householders are getting quite fed up !  Do you have any information about who is responsible for for this ?  If so, the local police officers would very much appreciate you getting in touch with them.

Recent Burglaries.

1)  Whiles Lane (close to the canal).  Between 7.00am on Saturday 1st and 9.00pm on Sunday 2nd November, entry was gained by forcing a rear window and then cash and jewellery was stolen.

2)  Birstall Road (close the Co-op bowls club).  Between 8.20am and 6.00pm on Tuesday 4th November, entry was gained by forcing a rear kitchen window.  Not known at present whether any property was stolen.

Were you in either of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Burglaries

Two recent burglaries in the village:-

1)  Birstall Road (close to Acorn Drive).  Occurred between midnight on Monday 27th and 3.30pm on Thursday 30th October, entry was by forcing open a kitchen window and it is believed that jewellery was taken.

2)  Ambergate Drive (close to Harrowgate Drive).  Occurred between 11.30am on Tuesday 28th and 1.55pm on Thursday 30th October, entry was by smashing a rear window and jewellery was taken.

Were you in either of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)