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Two holiday makers in north Devon 'tied up' before being assaulted and burgled

The pair were visiting devon from Hampshire Credit: PA images

A pair of holiday makers were tied up and assaulted before their mobile phones and cash were stolen in a case of mistaken identity.

The man and woman, in their 50s and 60s, were visiting Welcombe in Torridge, when two men in balaclavas forced entry into their cottage.

The men who were armed, and had strong accents from the West Midlands, fled the area soon after, police say.

Detective Constable Ben Cartwright of Devon and Cornwall police said "We believe that this was a case of mistaken identity and the wrong property and people were targeted by these two individuals."

  • Anyone who has any information, or may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact


Police appeal after burglary in Gloucester

Police appeal after burglary in Gloucester. Credit: PA

Gloucestershire Constabulary is seeking information following a burglary in Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, in the early hours of Saturday 23 September.

The burglary at a property on High Street took place sometime between the hours of 11:30pm on Friday 22 September and 08:30am on Saturday 23 September.

Offenders forced their way onto the land before entering the property.

Once inside, the unknown offenders located a ladies handbag along with two sets of car keys.

These keys were used to steal a silver Ford pick-up truck, dark grey Toyota Rav4 SUV and a TomTom Sat-Nav.

As well as this multiple STIHL brand power tools were taken from both a detached shed and the rear compartment of another vehicle.

The handbag was later retrieved from a field to the left of the property however cash had been stolen from inside.

I encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything to come forward, and I would also like to urge people to consider their home security.

– PC Elle Macleod

Police arrest Weston-super-Mare man in connection with burglary

52-year-old Michael Anthony Ruff. Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Police have arrested a man from Weston-super-Mare in connection with a burglary.

Police had been searching for 52-year-old Michael Anthony Ruff, who is commonly known as 'Micky'.

The arrest is in connection with an aggravated burglary on Friday afternoon, 25 August, in which a teenage boy was threatened.

Mr Ruff remains in police custody where he is being questioned by officers.

Police warning after fake gutter cleaners rob pensioner in Cornwall

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Police in St Austell are appealing for information after men stole money from an 82-year-old man during a distraction burglary in Par, Cornwall.

The elderly victim was at his home in Tywardreath Highway, Par, on July 23, when two men called at his door offering fake gutter cleaning services stating they noticed he had roof damage.

One man distracted the victim whilst the other made a tidy search of the property and took cash and cards from the bedroom.

The first man is described as white, of slim build, around 6ft tall and in his 30s with short dark hair. He was wearing a blue jumper with the word "STIHL" on the chest.

The other man was described as being similar in appearance to the first and was wearing and black jumper and black trousers. Both had Irish accents.

We would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to these men or has any information about them.

We would advise people to not accept offers of work from unannounced callers to their address and to inform the police of any callers to their address whom they deem to be bogus or acting suspiciously.

– A/Sgt Martin Easter, Devon and Cornwall Police

Police advice for making your home safer

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Avon and Somerset Police are giving people advice on how to make your home safer.

Officers recommend:

- always using a door chain when you have an unexpected caller

- fitting motion sensing security lights around your property

- keeping tools locked up in a secure shed or garage

- making sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows

- locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out hiding your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight

- never leaving your keys in the back of the door or window

- keeping cash in the bank

- keeping jewellery and other high-value items with a specialist secure storage company

- keeping photographs and a description of items with sentimental value

- using a traceable asset marking liquid on items like jewellery or antiques

- using timer light switches to make it look like there’s someone home

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