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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Walney households on alert after spate of break-ins

ISLANDERS are being warned to lock their doors and windows after a series of break-ins on Walney over the weekend.

Police are investigating burglaries and attempted burglaries in Osprey Drive, Shearwater Crescent, Plymouth Street and Andreas Avenue which occurred between Friday and Sunday.

Police are linking the incidents and have pledged to increase patrols on the island.

Between 2.30pm on Friday and noon on Sunday, a host of items were stolen from a house in Plymouth Street. The intruders also caused damaged to the property.

Between 10pm on Friday and 4.30am on Saturday, a number of personal items were taken from a property in Andreas Avenue.

And another house in the street was targeted at 5am on Friday, when damage was caused when someone tried to gain entry.

An attempt was also made to break in to a house in Shearwater Crescent. The resident discovered damage had been caused some time over the weekend.

Police are also tentatively linking an incident in nearby Osprey Drive, where alcohol was stolen from a secure shed.

Five local people – aged 27, 32, 34, 37 and 39 – have been arrested in connection with the Osprey Drive incident, and were being interviewed by police yesterday.

Detective Constable Adam Ewart is investigating. He said: “We are linking the burglaries and attempted burglaries due to the location of each one and the similarities in the way in which the offender(s) attempted to gain access to the homes.

“We have increased patrols in the area and are making local house-to-house enquiries in a bid to trace witnesses.”

Councillor Anita Husband, a member of Barrow Borough Council for Walney North, said: “There’s a lot of community spirit on Walney and we just need to make sure that everybody keeps an eye out.”

A house in Rusland Drive in Dalton was also broken into between 5.30pm on Saturday and 2am on Sunday.

Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to contact Barrow police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Dear Walney Resident, I've already done this on-line twice and even e-mailed the help line. Don't have time to wait on the end of a phone while a recorded message is played at me. Eitherway, I still think 4 months without any lighting is still a joke and giving scumbags the opportunity to rob innocent households.

Posted by Andreas Avenue resident on 25 February 2012 at 19:12

Has anybody phoned the council ? They give you a reference number and have it repaired within the week.

Posted by Walney resident on 22 February 2012 at 10:24

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