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DOOR TO DOOR SELLERS SUSPECTED OF BEING LINKED TO BURGLARIES

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Police across Staffordshire are urging all residents to call 101 to report suspicious visitors to their homes following a handful of burglaries in different areas across the county.

In the last few days there have been five burglaries in different areas across the county, where in the preceding days residents have reported being visited by door-to-door sellers or where other suspicious incidents have been reported.

Detectives have issued the warning to residents in a bid to prompt them to report suspicious activity. The recent incidents happened in the daytime and items stolen include small portable valuables such as jewellery and laptops.

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant, keep their homes secure at all times and report suspicious activity immediately.

Whilst the recent offences can’t be formally linked directly to each other or the doorstep traders, detectives are keen to locate the traders to identify them about their work and the locations they have visited.

Residents can follow the below crime prevention advice to keep burglars at bay:

•​secure passageways and side entrances, make sure sheds and garages are fitted with proper security locks, and put tools away so they can’t be used to break in to your home
•​if you have to leave ladders outside, make sure they’re on their side and securely fixed to a wall or permanent fixture
•​keep wheelie bins secure and away from your property to stop thieves using them to get through first floor windows, or setting fire to them
•​when darkness falls close curtains and blinds to stop would-be intruders window shopping
• ​mark items with your postcode and house number using an ‘invisible’ pen available from DIY stores. This makes stolen property easier to identify
•​ensure valuable items, including Christmas presents and cards containing cash gifts, are not left in plain view and keep them away from windows and doors
•​fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to windows that are in easy reach
•​keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes – NEVER leave your car running while it’s defrosting
•​keep garages and sheds secure
•​fit low cost security lighting as a deterrent.

For further information, visit the ‘advice zone’ section of Staffordshire Police’s website www.staffordshire.police.uk, or ring the non emergency number 101.

To report a crime in progress dial 999. To report a crime anonymously ring the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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