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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Cumbria police probe raids by possible serial burglar

Detectives are investigating a possible serial burglar after homes and vehicles were targeted in one night.

The incidents happened overnight on Sunday, and all of the properties were in the High Street and King Street area of Maryport.

A spokesman for Cumbria police said that a rear window had been smashed in one property, a second home had its conservatory door broken and a man was disturbed outside the back of a third. The investigation is in its early stages and so it is unclear what – if anything – was stolen, but detectives are investigating the possibility that they are linked.

The spokesman said that officers were also looking at other incidents in and around Maryport that night, which may also be connected.

A radio was stolen from a car parked in The Arches, while four vehicles were all damaged in Rydal Avenue. Officers were due to visit each of the owners yesterday afternoon, to establish whether anything was stolen.

“It is unusual to have so many incidents of this kind in Maryport in one night,” the police spokesman said. “We are investigating whether any or all of these are linked and are appealing for anyone who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the town on Sunday night to contact us.”

He continued: “We would also like to remind people never to leave doors or windows unlocked and to make sure valuables are not left near windows or doors.”

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is urged to contact Cumbria police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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