Information wanted about crimes during the festive period

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POLICE would like information about several incidents which happened in Cherwell during the Christmas and New Year period.

On Sunday, December 30 at 8am, a resident on Bankside, Cherwell Heights, Banbury saw a man enter a locked garage on Farm Way, which was at the rear of the resident’s property.

The man was described as white, approximately in his late 30s, wearing a black coloured beanie hat, green coloured parker style jacket and jogging bottoms and was also carrying a torch.

The male left the garage a short time later without taking anything and then walked up an alleyway towards Chatsworth Drive.

Entry was gained to the garage without any damage being caused.

PC Duncan Vale of Banbury police station would like any witnesses who may have seen anyone matching the description to contact the police.

He said: “There have also been a number of outbuilding and shed break-in in the rural areas over the Christmas period where specific items have been stolen and other high value items ignored by the offenders.

“I would urge people to take extra security measures with regards to their sheds and garages.

“Installing extra locks that secure garage doors to the floor or the concrete or brick framework would be advisable.”

Between December 26 and 27 there were a total of three shed and workshop break-ins in Church Street and The Leys in Wroxton.

In Gilkes Yard, Banbury a shed was broken into between December 23 and 31 and there were also garage, shed and summerhouse break-ins in Canal Lane, Bodicote between December 29 and 31, in Horsefair, Banbury between December 26 and 31, in Park Road, Neithrop between December 28 and 30 and in Appleby Close, Bretch Hill between December 29 and 30.

There have also been additional thefts in the Banbury area during the first days of 2013. Two laptops were taken from a multi-occupancy address in the Causeway area of Grimsbury between 7pm and 10pm yesterday (Thursday).

A garage was broken into in Barcombe Close, Highlands between 10pm yesterday (Thursday) and 7am today (Friday) - nothing was taken but damage was caused to the lock.

In Bath Road, Neithrop a vehicle was broke into between 10pm on Wednesday (January 2) and 9am yesterday (Thursday).

A window had been smashed and cash had been taken.

If anyone has seen anything suspicious in these areas or has any information call Thames Valley Police on 101 or 999 for immediate police attention.