Police swoop after spate of burglaries

THIS was the scene when a man was arrested in Ipswich in connection with a spate of burglaries in the west of the town.

THIS was the scene when a man was arrested in Ipswich in connection with a spate of burglaries in the west of the town.

Six police cars were sent to Stoke Hall Road last Thursday and took 21-year-old Stephen Mills into custody.

Mills has since been charged with four burglaries, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon.

As reported in The Evening Star earlier this week, there had been a series of burglaries in the town over the last few weeks with 14 committed between March 2 and March 4.


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Most of the offences were in the Bridge ward area and some in Alexandra ward.

Mills is alleged to have committed burglaries of dwellings in Pauline Street on February 21, Martin Road on March 5 and Vaughan Street on March 13.

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He is also alleged to have raided a DHL warehouse in Ipswich on January 5.

When police arrested him on Thursday they allegedly found a quantity of cannabis and a Gurkha kukry knife.

Mills, of Wherstead Road, Ipswich was taken to Ipswich police station and charged later that day.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court at a later date.

Following the spate of burglaries police have issued advice to residents to keep their homes locked and not to keep valuables on display.

The majority of offences have seen burglars smash or remove panes of glass from back windows and doors to gain access to properties.

Anyone with information about the burglaries, or anyone seeking crime prevention advice, should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

Have you been a victim of any of the west Ipswich burglaries? Tell us your story. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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