Emergency meeting called as crooks lie in wait to ransack 20 Littleover homes

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Burglars are stalking homes in Littleover - lying in wait for owners to leave before ransacking properties in minutes.

Locals say around 20 homes have been targeted in the last month with homes being trashed and cash and jewellery being taken.

Members of Carlisle Against Crime, a community group which works with police in the area, have patrolled the area in the streets where the incidents have happened, which includes Harpur Avenue and Windsor Avenue.

Members of the Carlisle Against Crime group have been carrying out patrols of the area

Members of the Carlisle Against Crime group have been carrying out patrols of the area

Now, an emergency meeting is being held on Thursday, which will be attended by police, who have increased patrols in the area.

Dawn Gee, who founded the group, said: "There's one lady I know who only left her house for 13 minutes and by the time she came back they had struck. She thinks they were lying in wait and other people have said the same thing.

"In that time they had stolen cash and jewellery and trashed the house. This is ruining lives.

"Carlisle Against Crime members have been patrolling the streets at night, looking out for anything suspicious, encouraging anybody to come forward with any information, any reports of people lurking around or acting suspiciously.

"It's by working with our very good local police team that we will tackle this.

"I have been told there has been 20 in the last month and that's in the local area. We have got ourselves, local residents, police and councillors together for the emergency meeting on Thursday and we think it's very important people attend."

The meeting is taking place at 7.30pm on Thursday at Carlisle Infant School in Carlisle Avenue, Littleover.

Alex Wood, the Safer Neighbourhood police Sergeant for Littleover, said: "I would like to reassure local residents that we are working hard to identify and bring to justice those responsible.

“We have increased patrols in the area and volunteers have also been providing crime prevention advice and reassurance to members of the public which has been welcomed.

Blagreaves city councillor Ruth Skelton

Blagreaves city councillor Ruth Skelton

“If you see anything that looks suspicious or out of place, or something that just does not feel right, then please trust your instincts and report it by calling us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

Ruth Skelton, city councillor for Blagreaves which is where the incidents have taken place, said it was "deeply worrying".

She said: "They have been entering through back gardens and really doing over the homes and taking money and jewellery. We have been told it's more than 20 in the last month which I would describe as an outbreak, it's quite high for this area.

"We have to be incredibly vigilant and people are very concerned. We're urging people to share information from the police who have increased their patrols and have been a visible presence which is reassuring.

"People feel their homes have been watched and stalked before being targeted, which must be a horrendous feeling."

Ms Skelton urged members of the public to attend Thursday's meeting. She said: "This has impacted a lot of people and it's important as many people as possible are made aware. It's important we can hear from the police.

"We need everybody working together on this and I know Carlisle Against Crime have been patrolling the area and reporting anything suspicious and I would urge others to do the same thing."

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