Police praise sharp-eyed neighbours as burglary suspect is arrested

Neighbours have been praised for foiling a suspected burglary in Marshfield which police believed may have been linked to an earlier incident in Wick.

An Avon & Somerset police spokesman said: “We were called to a report of suspicious behaviour at a house in High Street, Marshfield, at about 3.30pm on Tuesday 22nd October.

“Neighbours said they had heard a loud bang and seen someone in the property. They kept an eye on the house until we arrived.”

Officers from Avon & Somerset and neighbouring Wiltshire police responded to the incident. A man was arrested just before 4pm.

Police are investigating a possible link with a similar incident in Church Road, Wick, about an hour earlier, in which a householder disturbed a man after a window at his home was smashed.

DS Matt Lloyd, of the South Gloucestershire Priority Crime Team, said: “We are really grateful to those members of the public who called us about these incidents. We really do rely on people in local communities looking out for each other and calling us if they see something suspicious.lighthouse

“If you see something happening that doesn’t look right, do please call it in – we always welcome a call in good faith.”

There is a national trend for burglary to increase in the autumn as it starts to get dark before people are home from work.

DS Lloyd said: “It’s important to remember to take the simple steps which could deter a thief – especially after the clocks go back on October 27.”

You can deter burglars by:

• Joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
• Always locking up and setting the alarm at dusk as well as when you go out
• Keeping your keys safely hidden away – never in the back of the door
• Using a timer switch to turn lights and a radio on if you’re not home before it gets dark
• Marking your property with your postcode and registering it at www.immobilise.com