Police target drug users for burglaries

DRUG users could be behind a spate of burglaries in the west of Ipswich, police confirmed today.Officers said they were keeping an open mind on the motive for the wave of burglaries but said a syringe had been found at the scene of one of the crimes.

DRUG users could be behind a spate of burglaries in the west of Ipswich, police confirmed today.

Officers said they were keeping an open mind on the motive for the wave of burglaries but said a syringe had been found at the scene of one of the crimes.

As officers continued to investigate more than 70 linked offences today, the detective leading the operation issued a message of reassurance to residents.

Seventy-eight burglaries and attempted burglaries have been committed in the west of Ipswich in the last six weeks on properties largely in the Bramford Road and Stoke Park areas.

But Detective Inspector Darrin Tomkins said he was confident officers would close in on those responsible and reminded people that burglaries in the county remained relatively rare.

Officers have stepped up patrols in the west of the town and are treating the burglaries as their main priority in the south of the county.

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As well as a dedicated team of detectives, plain clothes officers, intelligence staff and crime analysis teams are all supporting with the operation and colleagues at British Transport Police are also offering assistance.

Police are also stopping and searching anyone acting suspiciously in the areas in the evening.

On Thursday they stopped 12 and arrested five people, three for going equipped for burglary.

DI Tomkins said: “We are keeping an open mind as to who is behind this but certainly at one of the burglaries a syringe has been found on the premises.

“There are obvious health issues for the individual or individuals undertaking these crimes.

“We would make an appeal to anyone who suspects a premises in their neighbourhood is being used for drug use or dealing to alert us in respect to that because there are actions we can take to close them down.”

DI Tomkins urged the person responsible to come forward and seek help if they suffered a drug problem “before it is too late”.

He added: “We can assist by bringing their health to normality and bring an end to this offending - and bring an end to it we will.”

N Have you been a victim of burglary? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

n Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Ipswich police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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