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Police appeal after rise in crime

PUBLISHED: 05:00 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

A BEAT bobby has appealed to the public for help in trying to stem a mini crime wave that is sweeping the Shotley Peninsula.

Speaking at a meeting of Shotley Parish Council community beat officer PC Andrew Maddams said that he was anxious to hear from anyone who had had petrol stolen from their car - one of the many crimes currently plaguing the peninsula.

A BEAT bobby has appealed to the public for help in trying to stem a mini crime wave that is sweeping the Shotley Peninsula.

Speaking at a meeting of Shotley Parish Council community beat officer PC Andrew Maddams said that he was anxious to hear from anyone who had had petrol stolen from their car – one of the many crimes currently plaguing the peninsula.

A thief at large in the area is using an unusual "modus operandi" - cutting the fuel pipes of a vehicle rather than siphoning petrol out – and he was anxious to collect a comprehensive break down of similar incidents in order to crack down on the problem, he said.

"I am aware that this has happened and not been reported," he said.

"I would always encourage people to report a crime. Clearly sometimes crimes go unreported because people feel there is little that can be done, but without a full record of incidents I am working in the dark," he said.

In the months from mid August to the end of October the peninsula has experienced a rise in the number of crimes from house burglaries and thefts from cars to criminal damage and driving with excess alcohol.

Of the 20 reported incidents – an unusually large figure for the time of year – six had been detected and PC Maddams said that he anticipated more.

Anyone wishing to report a crime should contact Suffolk Police headquarters on 01473 613500.

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