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Appeal after jewellery stolen

Police have launched an appeal after items of jewellery were stolen Credit: Essex Police

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises this jewellery.

The items are believed to have been stolen in a burglary, possibly sometime in early August.

Police have launched an appeal after items of jewellery were stolen Credit: Essex Police

They were recovered when a 21-year-old man from Tilbury was arrested in Grays in August on suspicion of burglary.

He's been released on bail until September 29th, pending further enquiries.

Police have launched an appeal after items of jewellery were stolen Credit: Essex Police

Tortoises stolen during burglary

Lew and Lyn were stolen from a property in Colgate on Friday Credit: Sussex Police

An investigation's underway after two tortoises were stolen during a burglary in Colgate near Horsham.

It happened at a property in Forest Road between 7.15am and 5pm on Friday.

Laptops and jewellery were also stolen.

The two Mediterranean spur thighed tortoises were a male called Lew and a female called Lyn.

Lew is about 8" long and has a darker shell in part, while Lyn is about 7" long and has an overall lighter shell.

"Burglary is a callous crime that has a significant impact on the victim. This incident is even more traumatic for the victims as two much loved family pets have been stolen.

"Tortoises need specialist care; Lew and Lyn are unlikely to survive if they are not looked after properly. To legally own or sell a tortoise in the UK you have to have the correct certificate as they are an endangered species, if you do not have the relevant paperwork then you commit an offence.

"I would urge anyone, whether it is a member of public or pet shop/reptile centre, who has been offered a tortoise for sale in suspicious circumstances to get in contact with us.

"You can call Sussex Police directly or contact crime stoppers anonymously. We need your help in reuniting Lew and Lyn with their family."

– PC Ollie Pullen


Samurai sword stolen during burglary

This black samurai sword was taken from the Sea View Road area Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police officers in Portsmouth are appealing for witnesses after a samurai sword was stolen during a burglary in Portsmouth.

It happened between August 2nd and August 11th in the Sea View Road area.

The sword is black and has specific markings with a unique tag. It is approximately 3ft long and black and gold in colour.

If you saw any suspicious activity in this area on the days leading up to August 2 and before August 11 or if you have been offered a sword like this for sale then please get in contact.

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.

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 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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Burglars threaten 83-year old in her bedroom

An eighty three year old woman, who was threatened with torture and kidnap by burglars, has been speaking about her terrifying ordeal. They broke into the home of former antiques dealer Mary Smith at Chilham near Canterbury in the early hours of the morning. Tom Savvides has this report.

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
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