New year burglary alert

WETHERBY has been hit by a number of burglaries since Christmas police are warning people to be extra vigilant.

Insp Paul Dwyer, of Wetherby Police, said residents need to be aware to the risks after a number of incidents between Tuesday January 3 and Tuesday January 11.

He told the Wetherby News: “After Christmas is the peak time for burglaries, when everyone has their new TV screens and Iphones and all their new equipment so, I would encourage people to be on their guard at this time of year when burglaries are generally at their highest.

“I would urge people to take a number of precautions and security measures themselves, such as setting their alarm if they have one, and making sure windows and doors are locked.”

Between Tuesday January 3 and Tuesday Januar 11 the following crimes have been reported:

*Jewellery, as well as a number of other items, has been stolen from a house on Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, between 7.40am and 3.45pm on January 4.

A number of items were taken including expensive jewellery and cosmetics.

An Indian bangle worth £400 and an Ipad were among the items taken.

Police believe a set of stepladders, which were recovered from the scene, were used by thieves to gain access to an upper floor bedroom window. The ladders have now been recovered by Wetherby police.

*Tractor batteries worth around £300 were stolen from farm land between 5.30pm on January 5 and midday on January 6.

Intruders are believed to have entered the barn building through a small opening at Moor Lane Farm near Thorp Arch and stolen the items from inside the tractors.

Wetherby Police are asking for anyone who may have seen anything or who has any information to contact them on 0113 285 5374 or contact crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

*Trespassers made an attempt to enter into a house on Ainsty Road, Wetherby, at around 2.30am on January 7.

The house owners, who police say were in at the time, are believed to have been disturbed by loud noises from the intruders before the house alarm was set off.

The owner did not report any items being stolen.

*An attempted break-in was made at a cycle shop, Fine Fettles Cyles, in Barwick-in-Elmet at around 9.30pm on January 8.

Intruders are believed to have entered from the rooftop garage, removing tiles to gain entry and then entering the building before an alarm sounded.

The intruders are believed to have escaped on foot.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Wetherby Police on 0113 285 5374 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.