Burglary spree sparks warning

A decrease in offences of this type
A decrease in offences of this type

Police are issuing security advice to older and vulnerable people in Amber Valley following a string of burglaries since the start of January.

Safer Neighbourhood policing teams are calling at homes to offer advice advice on personal and home safety and security after seven burglaries and two attempted burglaries ttook place across the area.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “It is not thought that these crimes are connected, or that thieves are deliberately targeting older people, but we want to help make sure that the more vulnerable members of our community feel safe and secure in their homes.”

There have been incidents in Leabrooks, Codnor, Heanor, South Normanton, Alfreton, Riddings and Ripley.

Police have arrested two people on suspicion of burglary in connection to two of the incidents.

A 26 year old man from Northampton has been charged with burglary following an incident on Corn Close, South Normanton, on Monday, January 7.

He appeared before magistrates at Chesterfield on Friday, January 25.

A 32 year old man from Nottingham has been bailed pending further enquiries in connection to a burglary on Shirley Road, Ripley, on Thursday, January 17.

Insp Dakin added: “Enquiries are currently ongoing into these incidents, patrols have been stepped up and I would also like to urge anyone with information to contact the police or call Crimestoppers.”

Councillor Chris Short, Amber Valley Borough Council Cabinet member of Safer Communities, said: “Referrals can be made to the Derbyshire Handy Van network, which provides practical support to residents and fit devices such as door chains, window alarms or other appropriate security devices.”

Anyone with information should call 101.