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Ward off thieves by keeping gifts out of sight

Presents should be kept out of open view Credit: ITV news

Don’t give thieves a ‘Merry Christmas’ that's the message from Chichester District Community Safety Partnership as they warn people against leaving gifts on show at home.

Leaving presents under the christmas tree in plain sight may attract thieves.

If possible, put presents under the tree on Christmas day Credit: ITV

Although it can be tempting to put all your presents under the Christmas tree before 25 December, unfortunately this is a big advert to opportunistic thieves looking in windows. Put your holiday goodies out at the last minute and make sure the windows and doors are locked at all times, even if you are home

– Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council

Teenager's motorbikes stolen

Officers have released this picture of one of the bikes to help in the witness appeal. Credit: Hampshire Police

Two motorbikes and a trailer were stolen from an outbuilding near Winchester.

The offender(s) broke into the property off the A31, in the Temple Valley area sometime between midday and 3.45pm on Monday, February 29.

Two off-road motorbikes, a KSI Thumper, thought to be worth around £9,000, and a Husqvarna CR125, thought to be worth around £1,800 were stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police on 101.

This burglary particularly affects a 15-year-old boy, who rides bikes at the weekend as a hobby.

Were you driving on the A31 at around this time? Did you notice anything suspicious? Or have you seen these bikes since the burglary?”

– PC Jonathan Earnshaw, Investigating Officer


Heartless thieves target crematorium

Thieves who had been checking out parked and unattended vehicles in a crematorium car park near Worthing entered one and made off with valuables from the other.

The incident, captured on CCTV, showed just how easy it is for opportunist thieves to strike.

Since November we've had a significant increase in break-ins involving parked cars. It appears that the offenders are entering the vehicles via an insecure door. Small items such as satellite navigation units, tools, handbags, mobile phones, purses and wallets have been reported stolen.

We have increased patrols in the area and are seeking to stop this activity as soon as possible. In the meantime you can help by making sure you lock your vehicles and haven't left anything of value in them.

We have been working with our Police Cadets over the last few weeks in areas where thefts have taken place to speak to residents and raise their awareness.

– Sussex Police

Police appeal following theft of ring

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a ring Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Chichester are looking for a middle-aged man suspected of stealing a thirty thousand pound ring.

The man asked to examine the diamond ring at Timothy Roe Fine Jewellery in South Street before running off with it.

Officers believe it could be linked to another theft from a jewellery store in Petersfield earlier on Thursday afternoon.

Warning after purse thieves target shoppers

Police warn shoppers should keep purses out of sight Credit: Arno Burgi/DPA/Press Association Images

Shoppers are being warned to look after their purses and wallets after a rise in thefts.

Since August, police have received 17 reports of purse thefts in Basingstoke town centre. In most cases, they happened in crowded areas, when someone is distracted for a few moments.

Shoppers should guard their PINs at all times Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In some cases, thieves managed to get hold of card PINs and withdraw money before the owners reported the card stolen.

On Saturday, a 75-year-old woman's purse was stolen while shopping with a friend and even though she cancelled her cards quickly, £1000 in cash was withdrawn in the minutes before she reported it.

Officers believe the thefts are connected and are appealing for anyone with information to call Sergeant Trevor Taylor on 101.

Woman punched in face by man who stole phone and purse

A woman has been punched in the face by a man who stole her mobile phone and purse in Portsmouth. The 50-year-old victim was walking along an alleyway from Sheffield Road to Guildford Road when a man put his hand into her bag on Saturday. As she tried to fight him off she was attacked and the man fled with her mobile phone and purse.

“I would like to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the alleyways that run between Guildford Road, Sheffield Road and Sandringham Road at around 9.30am on Saturday, October 10. As always, we would encourage people to be aware of their surroundings especially when walking in secluded areas alone.”

– Detective Constable Duncan Green, Hampshire Police

The man is described as:

  • White
  • 30 to 35 years
  • Slim build
  • 5ft 8ins
  • Stubble on his face
  • Rough looking skin
  • Short straight brown/dark brown hair
  • Dark grey sweatshirt


CCTV Appeal following theft and assault

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are issuing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following a theft and assault at a Southampton convenience store.

The suspect entered the Co-op on Shirley Road around 9pm, Thursday, May 14, selected several items from the shelves and tried to conceal them.

As he went to leave, he was confronted by a member of staff whom he assaulted before running off. He got away with £20 worth of cheeses.

The shop worker, a 20-year-old man, was uninjured.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 30s, 5ft 10ins tall, toned average build, dark brown hair in a pony tail at the back, clean shaven. Police would like to hear from anyone who knows who he is, recognises him or saw anyone matching his description in the area at the time.

Landrover stolen from car park

This Landrover was stolen from Woodford Way car park in Witney Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a theft of a car in Woodford Way car park, Witney.

At 2.15pm on Thursday 12 March unknown offenders stole a green Land Rover Defender from the car park.

The vehicle was seen on ANPR camera entering Swindon on the A420 at 3.50pm the same day.

If you have any information which could help with the investigation, please contact PC Marea Logan at Princes Risborough police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 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.

Appeal to find stolen parrot

Donna the parrot was taken from a property in Wallingford on Monday evening Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the theft of a parrot in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

The theft took place at about 6.45pm on Monday in The Shambles.

The bird is a female African grey parrot named Donna.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer PCSO Sue Harris, from Wallingford police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

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

Appeal for witnesses after trouser theft

Police want to speak to this couple in connection with a theft Credit: Dorset Police

Officers in Wimborne would like to speak to a couple in connection with the theft of trousers from a shop in the town.

At around 10pm on Wednesday 15 April 2015 a man and a woman entered The Minster Boutique on West Street, placed five pairs of trousers worth around £300 in total into a bag and left without making an attempt to pay.

No arrests have been made.

“Having now reviewed the CCTV footage of this incident I am now in a position to release an image of a couple I would like to speak to who may be able to help me with my enquiries. Anyone who is able to identify either of the individuals pictured should contact me on 101. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Police Constable Adam Aggas, of Wimborne Police
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