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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


Sentimental items taken in daylight robbery

This St John's Ambulance Long Service medal was stolen from a home in Trowbridge. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police in Wiltshire are trying to track down precious medals stolen from a home in Trowbridge.

The St John’s Ambulance medals are of great sentimental value and were taken along with other inherited pieces of jewellery in the smash and grab raid on the house in Silver Street on Sunday.

This St John's Ambulance Serving Sister of the Order medal was taken in the burglary in Trowbridge. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Bristol man jailed

A Bristol man has been jailed for three years for a series of burglaries across Bristol.

41 year old Paul Grady carried out the break-ins over the summer. Police are welcoming the conviction.

The sentencing of Grady will hopefully give justice and closure to the victims of a series of burglaries which took place across Bristol.

With Grady in prison, and receiving treatment for his drug addiction, Bristol is a safer place.

However, the effects of these crimes will no doubt stay with the victims for a long time to come as burglary is about so much more than having material items stolen.

We understand this and will continue to do all that we can to catch and prosecute people who commit burglary in our city.

– Detective Sergeant Owen Manfield, Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Prolific burglar jailed for 3 years

Avon and Somerset Police are welcoming the conviction of a prolific burglar from Bristol.

41 year old Paul Grady was sentenced to four years in prison for breaking into a house in Cotham in August. He had a further nine burglaries taken into consideration.

However, because he pleaded guilty and promised to conform to a drugs rehabilitation plan, his sentence has been reduced to three years.

Paul Grady Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Police appeal for Operation Relentless individuals to come forward

Police have released the images of 10 people they would like to contact as part of Operation Relentless. Since the launch of the operation Monday there have been 59 arrests across the Avon and Somerset force area for burglary, robbery and theft of and from motor vehicles.

Burglary, robbery and theft make up more than half of all crimes recorded across the Avon and Somerset force area and police believe a small number of individuals are responsible for high levels.

They are now being targeted as part of the latest Relentless drive, which aims to make people of Avon and Somerset feel safe and be safe.

Now photographs of people who police would like to speak to as part of Relentless, have been issued. They are appealing to those featured or anyone recognising them to contact police.

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