Arson attack, burglary and theft as crimewave hits March, Chatteris and Whittlesey

Do you recognise the man pictured on the right? Police want to speak to him in connection with an in

Do you recognise the man pictured on the right? Police want to speak to him in connection with an incident of burglary and arson in Whittlesey. Photo: Cambs Police - Credit: Archant

A crimewave has hit three Cambridgeshire market towns after a series of break-ins, thefts and an arson attack.

March, Chatteris and Whittlesey have all recently been targeted in three separate incidents.

Thieves also broke into a house in March Road, Wimblington, on August 1 - it was reported online - ransacking the premises and stealing jewellery, electronics and clothing.

They also took car keys and stole a car off the driveway.

The police are currently dealing with the matter.

In Whittlesey, police issued an image of a man they want to speak to after tools were stolen from a shed in North Green, which was later set on fire.

The incident took place at about 6am on July 14.

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The tools were found in a field behind the property later that morning.

If you recognise the man, or have information about the incident, you can report online via quoting 35/14496/18 or call 101.

In Chatteris last night, (August 1) police say five vehicles were broken in to and tools and cash taken. There was no particular area targeted.

Safety points were issued as a reminder to motorists as well as PSCOs patrolling the area today to check for any vehicles left insecure.

1. Residents are advised to make sure their vehicles are locked when unattended

2. Vans backed up against a property

3. Park your vehicle in a well lit spot that is visible to other members of the public or covered by CCTV.

4. Never leave tools or valuables in your vehicle over night.

5. If you carry tools ,consider having a sign on your vehicle that states NO TOOLS LEFT IN THIS VEHICLE OVER NIGHT.

Meanwhile, last night in March, an offender entered through an insecure ground floor window of a house in West End and took items before leaving on foot.

PSCOs will today be out and about in the town checking for insecure premises and giving advice to residents.

“If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious around this area can they please call 101 or contact us on web chat,” police say.

“With the warm weather , we are noticing a number of windows insecure during our patrols. Can we remind residents to close all ground floor windows overnight or when their homes are unoccupied.”