Police plea to beat burglars

inspector Mohammed Nawaz at Sowerby Bridge Police Station
inspector Mohammed Nawaz at Sowerby Bridge Police Station

RESIDENTS are being warned to beat the burglar.

Last year around this time police noticed an increase in the number of burglaries taking place in the Brighouse area. All the intelligence pointed towards travelling criminals from Huddersfield and Bradford area, according to Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“Unfortunately a few weeks ago we started noticing a similar trend which I would like to reassure people we are dealing with. But my appeal to residents is that it only takes minute for burglars to force their way into the property. Don’t give burglars the opportunity to break into your property because they will take that opportunity.

“Keep things locked and keep property out of view. We have had crimes where people sneak through the back door and grab the purse from it.”

The main areas which were being targeted were Brighouse, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and Bailiff Bridge.

“Look out for each other and don’t leave vulnerables around,” he said.

Officers have also noticed an increase in the amount of garden equipment that is being stolen such as lawn mowers and other electrical items from areas such as Norwood Green, Brighouse and Hipperholme.

Metal thefts was another area of concern. “There has been a large increase of thefts of lead which I need people to be aware of,” said Insp Nawaz.

“There are a lot of scrap vehicles driving around and looking at gardens. Please look out for each other and report any suspicious activity to us.”

The public is urged to call 101 or if the crime is taking place call 999.

Following reports of a strong smell police were able to disrupt a suspected cannabis farm in Rogerson Square, Brighouse, on May 14.

Two people were arrested from the address and released on police bail. A number of items were seized by the officers.

Two men were also arrested and issued with tickets for being drunk and disorderly after being spotted carrying pint glasses of beer on Halifax Road.