Christmas break-in spoils festive period for Newcastle homeowners

Appeals for help have been made by Northumberland Police after an incident which happened over Christmas. Police are looking for help in their attempts to catch burglars who struck in the Jesmond area of Newcastle. The thieves reportedly targeted the house at some point between the afternoon of Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas Day – a time when many homes are empty as residents are away visiting family and friends.

The burglars made efforts to get into the property by forcing a ground floor window open at the back of the house, which is located on Glastonbury Grove. The culprits then made off with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, including gold bangles, a gold bracelet, six watches, five rings and earrings. As well as this, a Blackberry mobile phone was also taken.

Speaking about the incident, PC Julie Milne, who is part of the Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“This is a crime which is horrible at any time of year, but made all the more heartless given the fact it happened on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. I’d urge any witnesses or anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen property to get in touch with police.”

Although windows and doors are commonly made with security in mind, many residents choose to take it upon themselves to increase the safety of their property further. This is often achieved with the help of extra features such as roller shutter doors, window bars and mesh grills.

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