Suspected burglar seriously hurt in break-in

A SUSPECTED burglar is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering severe burns during a break-in at a derelict factory in a Suffolk village.

A SUSPECTED burglar is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering severe burns during a break-in at a derelict factory in a Suffolk village.

The man, who is in his 20s and is from the Stanton area, is believed to have been involved in the burglary at a disused food factory in Grove Lane, Elmswell, on Thursday evening.

Police were called to the site at 7.30pm by engineers who had been sent there after a power cut was reported.

A police spokesman said: “The factory had been broken into and there were signs of a power surge. Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area yesterday evening and may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles nearby.

“A male in his 20s was admitted to the West Suffolk Hospital last night with serious burns and has been transferred to Broomfield Hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.”

Calls in relation to this incident should be made to Detective Constable Duncan Etchells at Stowmarket CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.