Residents of Ross-on-Wye urged to be alert due to increase in burglaries

By Ross Gazette reporter in Crime

The number of burglaries and break-ins in Ross and the surrounding area has increased over the past few weeks.

Police Insp Callie Bradley told the Ross Gazette that there had been a distinct rise in the number of burglaries to both residential and non-residential properties. She said that two arrests had been made in relation to some of the burglaries last week, however there have been several more incidents recently.

On Saturday afternoon, at about 2.30pm, a bellringer at St Mary’s Church in Ross, heard a loud crash from the church. He looked out of the small window in the bell tower to see a man using a rock to try to break into the donations safe. The bellringer shouted and the man ran away. The incident was reported to the police and the church had to be locked for a time to allow for investigations. The Vicar of St Mary’s, Sarah Jones, told the Ross Gazette that nothing was taken but it was not for the want of trying. She said the donations safe is very well engineered and almost impossible to break in to. She added if people would only ask for help the church would do their best to assist them.

There were two attempted burglaries at Over Ross Farm on Monday night, May 15th. There was also a burglary in Oak Tree Rise on the same evening, a phone, a purse and a tablet were stolen.

The police are investigating these incidents as well as the theft of number plates from a vehicle in Smallbrook Road, sometime between 8.15am on May 13th and 7.30am on May 14th.

At around 3.30am on Saturday, May 13th several electronic items were stolen from a house in Vaga Crescent. It is thought that the offenders were disturbed by the occupants of the house switching a light on.

In order to tackle this increase Insp Bradley told the Ross Gazette that all police patrols are receiving daily briefings in order to develop patrol strategies for the areas when any incidents are reported.

She added that the police really need intelligence to work with and anyone who has any information about these crimes, or any other suspicious activity, should contact the police direct on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous, or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers.org.uk

Read the full report in this week’s Ross Gazette

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