Spike in burglaries in rural parts of Ashfield

Church Lane, Selston.
Church Lane, Selston.

TWO men have been arrested following a number of house burglaries in the rural villages of Ashfield.

Police say that although there has been a five per cent decrease in the number of burglaries in villages such as Annesley and Selston compared to this time last year, there have been 16 incidents since the start of December last year.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on 14th January in connection with two attempted burglaries at homes in Smeath Road, Underwood on 7th December and 12th January.

And a 33-year-old man was arrested last week in connection with a burglary at a house overnight between 8th and 9th January at Church Lane, Selston. Property stolen from the house was recovered nearby.

Both men have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Det Insp Rich Monk said: “We have a dedicated patrol plan in place in a bid to deter further crime in the area and are working with evidence gathered from each crime and local intelligence to pursue suspects.

“We have conducted a number of warrants and have already made arrests, but are now appealing to local residents to call us with any information they may have about this recent spate.”

Most of the burglaries occurred during weekend evenings at houses that appeared to be empty.

Now residents are being urged to protect their property by locking their doors and windows, closing curtains when it is dark and never leaving valuables on display.

People should also use a burglar alarm - and contact the police if they hear one ringing. They should also put their lights on timers so a house does not look empty.

Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 202 of 10th January 2013 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.