Birstall Burglaries

School Lane (middle part).  Around 3.30am on Friday 10th February, the occupant woke up and found an intruder in the hallway, he fled when confronted and it is believed that nothing was taken.  Access was via an insecure rear door.

Roman Road (close to Hermitage Road).  Between 1.00pm on Monday 13th February and 2.00pm on Tuesday 14th February, access was by attacking the lock on the rear patio doors.  It is not yet known what property was taken.

Allington Drive (close to Blenheim Road).  Between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Tuesday 14th February.  Entry was by smashing a rear window with some garden shears, however an unsuccessful attempt had also been made on the back door.  Electrical items and cash were stolen.

Windmill Avenue (close to the shops).  During the evening of Tuesday 14th February, an attempt was made to break in by attacking the front door, but no entry was gained and nothing taken.

Were you in any 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)

Caravan Theft.

Between 1.00am and 2.45am on Saturday 11th February, a caravan was stolen from a house in Worcester Avenue.  Police were called and the caravan recovered on Wanlip Lane when it was unhitched during a pursuit.  The offenders got away.

Around the same time, an unsuccessful attempt was also made to steal another caravan from a house in Allington Drive.

Were you around this area at 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 – Station Road

Between 8.45am and 6.00pm on Thursday 9th February, a house on Station Road was burgled.  Access was gained by smashing a rear window, cash and other items were taken.  Access to the rear of the property may have been via the allotments.

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)

Thefts from vehicles – Suspicious van

The police are aware of a Silver coloured Transit size van that is going round and the occupants are stealing number plates from vehicles, fitting these to the van and then breaking into other vehicles, so that even when a witness does get the number it just comes back as stolen.

There was a short pursuit in Birstall around 3.00am on Tuesday 17th January, when the van was seen making off from a recent theft, but unfortunately due to the manner of driving it had to be aborted and they got away.  The same van is believed to have been responsible for several other thefts in Hinckley, Barwell & Glenfield overnight and enquiries are ongoing to try to identify the occupants.

If you see such a vehicle in suspicious circumstances, please report it immediately to the police.

(Information from  local beat officer)

Recent Car Break-ins – Arrests

Over last weekend, several males were charged with numerous thefts from vehicles.  They have been charged with a number of crimes from across the county, including six incidents which occurred in Birstall last month.

They have already appeared in court and have been bailed to appear at a later date with various conditions, including a night-time curfew.

More information will be given when available.

(Information from local beat officer)

Shop Break-ins

Overnight on Sunday 4th / Monday 5th December a total of eight shops on Sibson Road were broken into.  It is believed that this occurred around 3am – 4am with some being broken via the back and some round the front.

The police have carried out extensive enquiries in the area and are checking local CCTV etc.  Scenes of Crime Officers have recovered some evidence.

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

(Information from local beat officer.)

Vehicle Break-ins

Overnight on Sunday/Monday 13th/14th November, a total of 20 vehicles were broken into in Birstall:-

Curzon Avenue (4), Cedar Avenue (3), Wanlip Lane (3), Fielding Road (2), Lodgewood Avenue (1), Oakfield Avenue (1), Loughborough Road (1), Laxton Close (1), Lambourne Road (1), Cliffwood Avenue (1), Blenhiem Road (1) and Orchard Road (1).

In the majority of cases it appears that the vehicles were possibly left unlocked as CCTV footage taken from two of them shows the suspects walking down the street and trying car door handles until they find one which is insecure.  Unfortunately the footage is not good enough for facial images etc, however some follow up enquiries are being made with regards to some stolen property that was taken from one of the cars.  Additional police patrols are being carried out in the village and work is being done to see if there is any link between the lights being switched off and the rise in thefts from vehicles, so that an argument can be put forward to getting them switched on again.

If anyone saw anything suspicious, or has any further CCTV images of these incidents, please report it by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

General advice.

Leave it on show expect it to go !  Always remove valuables from your vehicle.

Remove sat nav’s including support cradle and cables.

Don’t leave tools in vans overnight.

Make sure that doors are locked, windows are closed and keys are removed when you leave your vehicle, even if it’s for only a moment.

On icy morning, never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.

Park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to others, or covered by CCTV.

If you have a garage, use it.  Always lock your vehicle and garage.