Northumberland village hit by spate of burglaries

Police in a north Northumberland village are stepping up patrols after a string of burglaries.

Over the weekend, five burglaries were reported in Belford, which are believed to have happened overnight on Sunday night into Monday morning.

One happened at a shed in the grounds of the Health Centre at Croftfield, but nothing was stolen from inside.

At a building site canteen at Raynham Close, a window was smashed and a search made inside, but nothing was stolen.

At Dinningside, an attempt was made to force entry to a shed, which belongs to a pigeon club, again nothing was stolen.

And at Meadow Park thieves went into an insecure garden shed and stole a garden strimmer.

Belford Golf Club on South Road was also broken into, with items from the trophy cabinet and alcohol stolen.

It’s believed the five offences may be connected.

Police are stepping up patrols in the village and the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be speaking with local residents to reassure them and pass on crime prevention advice.

They will also ensure residents get their hands on free shed locks funded by the Local Multi Agency Problem-Solving partnership.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Garrick said: “We had a spate of offences reported on Monday which we believe have happened over the weekend, at this stage we think they may be connected.

“We’re carrying out inquiries to trace the person or people responsible and would urge anyone with information to contact us.

“Local officers will be in the village reassuring people, giving out free locks and ensuring they have crime prevention advice.

“Residents should make sure sheds are locked with a sturdy lock at all times and that anything of value inside is also attached to an immovable or heavy object, residents should also consider installing an alarm, which deters thieves.

“Security lighting and CCTV in garden areas also puts off opportunist criminals.

“Residents should be vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual vehicles or people to police straight away.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.