Thieves target business premises

MORPETH and Pegswood have been hit by a spate of burglaries and attempted burglaries in recent days.

Two incidents took place at the Coopies Lane Industrial Estate in Morpeth this weekend.

The first was an attempted burglary at a Northumberland County Council Vehicle Depot, which happened overnight between 6pm on Saturday and 4.30am on Sunday.

Intruders forced entry to the secure compound and attempted to get inside a building, but failed and left empty-handed.

Anyone with information should call 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 338 of 24/11/13.

The second incident happened at a nearby premises, Booker Cash and Carry, between 5.10pm on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday. Again intruders forced entry into the secure compound and this time, items were taken from a freezer

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to call 101, quoting log number 497 of 24/11/13.

In addition, between 5pm on Monday, November 18, and 9.30am on Tuesday, November 19, an attempt was made to break into a garden shed at De Merley Road in Morpeth. Nothing was stolen.

Properties in Pegswood have been targeted as well. A garden shed at Longleat Gardens was broken into and an electric Black and Decker hammer drill was taken between 9am on Sunday, November 17, and 9.15am on Tuesday, November 19.

Also at Longleat Gardens, overnight between 2pm on Thursday, November 14, and 2pm on Monday, November 18, a shed was broken into and tools were stolen from inside.

And between 3pm on Friday, November 15, and 8.15am on Tuesday, November 19, an attempt was made to break into a garden shed at Kirkharle Drive, causing damage. Nothing was taken.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the break-ins to call 101, extension 69191.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray said: “We’re carrying out enquiries into these burglaries and attempted burglaries and would ask anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or who has information about those responsible to get in touch.

“Extra patrols are taking place to reassure residents and the force’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves, is running throughout the festive period to keep burglars at bay and give residents important crime prevention advice.

“Residents should consider installing security lighting, CCTV and an alarm to both the home and sheds and garages, all of which deter burglars.”