Police curb spate of burglaries

A SPATE of more than 100 linked burglaries and attempted burglaries in Ipswich today appears to have come to an end.Throughout December and early January nearly two burglaries or attempted burglaries were being committed every day in the Bramford Lane and Stoke Park areas of town.

A SPATE of more than 100 linked burglaries and attempted burglaries in Ipswich today appears to have come to an end.

Throughout December and early January nearly two burglaries or attempted burglaries were being committed every day in the Bramford Lane and Stoke Park areas of town.

Police have now linked those with similar incidents in central Ipswich - bringing the tally of related offences to 105 in two months.

But Detective Inspector Darrin Tomkins, who is leading the police investigation into the break-ins, said the number of burglaries has now dropped to average levels with just eight in the past three weeks.

He said: “As a result of the work we put into it the crimes have reduced significantly in that area.

“One burglary is not acceptable to us but they have returned to more normal levels.

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“The method of the recent burglaries is also completely different with three through insecurities and the majority during the day.”

The west and central Ipswich burglaries were linked by the method used - offenders were smashing glass on front doors and then turning locks to get in.

They were seen as opportunist crimes and are thought to have been committed by drug addicts.

DI Tomkins said he wanted to reiterate the need for people to come forward if they knew drug taking was going on in their area.

He added: “Through Crimestoppers or their community police officer they can let us know of any dwellings being used as dens for using or supplying drugs.

“We are eager to use powers to close crack houses and need the support of the community.”

DI Tomkins said investigations into the burglaries were continuing and praised officers for their hard work so far.

He said: “We want to stress the good work that was done by the co-ordinator of community patrols, community police officers, plain clothes teams, forensic officers and the special constabulary and would particularly like to thank people who have called Crimestoppers and used other methods to provide us with information.

“We are continuing our investigations and there are further inquiries for us to follow up and follow-ups will be done.”

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