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Most burgled Midlands postcodes named

The top rated Midlands postcode had 29 burglaries per 1000 people Credit: DPA

Two Midlands postcodes have been named in a list of the top 20 UK burglary hotspots.

MoneySupermarket.com have published the figures, which have come from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to their website.

B73, which covers Boldmere, New Oscott and Wylde Green in Birmingham is the most burgled postcode in the Midlands, with 29 burglaries per 1000 people.

It is also the eleventh most burgled postcode in the whole of the UK.

B24, which covers Erdington and Tyburn in Birmingham, also made it onto the top 20 UK list, coming 19th, with 27 burglaries per 1000 people.

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Away for Christmas? Tips on keeping your home secure

The Christmas getaway Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cambridgeshire Police have provided tips on ways to make sure your Christmas holiday doesn't end in disaster:

Make the house look 'lived in'. Leave lights on a timer, especially in the hallway, and perhaps a radio too.

Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the house. They could open and close curtains, and perhaps park their car in the drive.

If bins are due to be collected ask a neighbour to put them out and collect them again.

Ask for post to be fully pushed through the letterbox.

If the Christmas tree is visible through the window, make sure those lights are also on a timer.

Make sure presents and valuables are out of site.

Put heating on a timer so steam comes out of the flue. This can also prevent pipes bursting.

Third man charged over Melton Mowbray burglary

A third man has been charged in connection with a burglary in Leicestershire in which two people were shot by the householder.

Two men Joshua O'Gorman and Daniel Mansell were shot by homeowner Andy Ferrie with a legally-owned shot gun in September as they broke into the home in Melton Mowbray.

Mansell and O'Gorman were each jailed for four years at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty.

Police say a third man aged 31 has now been charged in connection with the burglary.

"The 31-year-old man will be appearing at Loughborough Magistrates' Court on January 9, 2013.

"A 23-year-old man remains on police bail pending further enquiries whilst a second arrested 31-year-old man has been released with no further action."

– Leicestershire Police

O'Gorman was shot in the face and Mansell was hit in his right hand during the burglary.

No legal action was taken against Mr and Mrs Ferrie.

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Police: Film featuring ex-burglar is highly impactive

West Midlands Police say the film they have made featuring an ex-burglar aimed at making students safer is "highly impactive".

Chris, a former burglar, who targeted students, was released from prison in August after being sentenced to 15 months for his involvement in 33 burglaries.

He's now working with the police to help keep students safe.

Together we wanted to get students thinking about how to keep their homes and belongings safe. The film is highly impactive.

– sergeant mike dunbar, west midlands police

Ex-burglar takes part in video to help students stay safe

A former burglar has taken part in a video with West Midlands Police to help keep students safe.

The film is part of 'Letters of the Law', an initiative giving the public an insight into wider police work.

The ex-burglar, Chris, was released from prison in August having been sentenced to 15 months for his role in 33 burglaries in Selly Oak, an area where lots of students live in rented accommodation.

Chris openly admits that he never once thought of his victims.

Video courtesy of West Midlands Police via YouTube.

Former burglar helps police tackle crime

A former burglar is helping West Midlands Police to tackle crime Credit: ITV Central

A former burglar has joined forces with West Midlands Police to help keep students safe. In a hard hitting film, he speaks about his past offending and why he deliberately targeted student homes. It will be shown at local universities.

It is part of the force's effort to drive down burglary and will be shown at universities in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

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