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CCTV shows burglar smashing his way into museum

Do you recognise the man carrying out this burglary and violent robbery in Hastings?

At about 7pm on Sunday 14 June the offender smashed his way into The True Crime Museum at White Rock, spending several minutes using his feet and a hatchet to break open a door.

He filled bags with electrical items before leaving and turning his attention to the Pig in Paradise nearby.

Again the man smashed his way in through a rear door but this time he was confronted by a female member of staff inside. The man forced the 61-year-old woman to the ground, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her outside the pub before threatening her with the hatchet and forcing her to hand over more than £100.

"This was a terrifying incident for the victim and we are determined to find the man responsible. The man spent several minutes breaking into the museum and must have made a lot of noise so I am appealing for anyone who was in the area and heard what was happening or who saw a man acting suspiciously around the seafront pub entrance or the nearby fire escape access in Prospect Place before the attack. If you know anything at all, please contact us."

– Detective Sergeant Paul Graham

Police appeal for witnesses to Newbury burglary

The offence took place between 9.50pm and 10.30pm on Monday (6/4) at the Lock, Stock and Barrel public house in Northbrook Street, Newbury.

While staff were cashing up, a man entered by the front door and went upstairs to a private office. He was seen two to three minutes later, this time with a coat hood covering his head, leaving the building by the front door. Staff a short time later found that a quantity of cash had been removed from the office.

The offender is white, in his early twenties, 5ft 10ins, slim with dark blonde hair. At the time of the offence he was wearing a thigh length bomber-style jacket which had a hood with a fur trim.

Anyone with information about this incident, or who has seen a man matching the description above, should contact Det Con Clare Larkworthy, of Newbury CID, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a burglary Credit: Sussex Police

Police want to speak to him about a burglary in White Rock, Hastings, in which a burglar entered a family's apartment and stole a Kindle, an iPad and a purse.

At about 4pm on Sunday 1 March the 17-year-old daughter of the owners left her home briefly. When she returned just a few minutes later the front door was slightly open.

She went into her home and saw a man in the corridor who quickly moved past her and out of the door to escape.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1326 of 01/03, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

"We need to speak to anyone who may have seen the man in the efit in White Rock or who recognises him. If you know anything at all, please contact us immediately."

– Detective Constable Mark Waughman

Police hunt man who stole from vulnerable pensioner

Police appealing for help to catch this man Credit: Sussex police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglar broke into a vulnerable pensioner's home as she slept.

The 81-year-old was woken by the sound of her doorbell in Boundary Road, Crawley, at about 11.30am on Saturday 7 February.

The victim, who was in bed, then watched as a man entered her bedroom and began searching through her cupboards.

He took a gold and pearl necklace but then left.

Police have prepared an efit of a suspect.

He is described as white, 25 to 30 and plump or stocky. He had thick bushy eyebrows, a swarthy complexion, stubble on his chin and dark eyes.

He was wearing dark clothing.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Detective Constable Jodie Palmer said: "This was a very upsetting incident for the victim and we are determined to catch the man responsible.

"If you recognise the man in the efit or have any information about the burglary, please contact us urgently."

Anyone with information should call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Woman threatened with blade during robbery

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an aggravated burglary in West Parley.

Between 7pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 17 December 2014, two masked men entered an address on Christchurch Road, near to the Parley Cross traffic lights.

The offenders threatened the female occupant with a bladed weapon while she was downstairs and demanded money. They ordered the victim upstairs before tying her up by her wrists and ankles.

An unknown quantity of cash and two dark coloured briefcases containing sentimental items were stolen.

One of the briefcases is described as an old fashioned-type with opening clips. The second case has silver markings at the top, rounded corners and a code dial to unlock.

Offenders also stole a quantity of jewellery, including a distinctive ‘jacket’ ring, which is a wishbone-shaped ring with diamonds on each wishbone and a diamond ring set inside.

Both men wore masks and are described as being between five feet four inches and six feet tall and of medium build.

The first man wore all dark clothing and a hood over his head and face.

The second offender wore blue tracksuit trousers with a white stripe down the side and a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was home alone at the time. Thankfully she was uninjured. I would like to reassure members of public that crimes such as this are rare in Dorset. I am appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time of this incident and noticed anyone acting suspiciously or saw anything out of the ordinary to come forward. If you have been offered for sale any of the unusual items described, I urge you to call Dorset Police on 101. All calls will be dealt with in strict confidence.”

– Detective Constable Jo Shewbridge, of Bournemouth CID

78 year-old reunited with war medals stolen from his home

A 78-year-old burglary victim has been reunited with a set of medals that were stolen from his Pennington home.The medals, some of which were war medals awarded to his father and grandfathers, were stolen during a burglary at an address on North Street, Pennington on September 21.

Officers investigating the burglary received information about the likely whereabouts of the stolen property and located the medals on November 20.

The medals have now been returned to their rightful owner.

Victim confronts burglar

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a burglary in Faringdon. At around 5.30am this morning, an offender gained entry to a house in Church Street through an unsecure rear door.

The offender made his way to the bedroom where he opened the door and was confronted by the victim. The victim, an elderly woman, shouted at the offender and he ran away.

No property was stolen and no one was injured during the incident. Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police via 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Aggravated burglary in Bournemouth

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an aggravated burglary in the Boscombe area of the town.

The incident happened at around 5pm on Saturday 18 October 2014 at an address along Palmerston Road.

A large group of men wearing balaclavas entered the house and approached the victim. One man held a gun to the victim’s head while another held a knife to his throat – they all spoke with London accents.

The victim who is in his late teens was subsequently sprayed in the eye with an acid type substance and is still recovering in hospital.

The victim has described one of the attackers as white, around six feet tall, of thin build and wearing a grey beanie hat and scarf or balaclava. He had a pronounced bridge area on his nose and was wearing a dark blue waterproof coat.

“This was a very distressing incident for the victim having suffered a serious eye injury. I would urge anyone who saw suspicious activity along Palmerston Road between 4.50pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 18 October to come forward. Anyone with information about the men responsible should contact police in confidence.”

– Detective Sergeant Paul Auger, of Bournemouth CID
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