Crime Updates

Recent purse dipping in Southend High Street

pick-pocketThere has been a recent purse dipping offence in Southend High Street. Visitors to the High Street are encouraged to ensure that they keep bags zipped up and kept in view at all times. Purse chains are available via your local policing team or by attending an Essex Police ‘Street Meet’ which are held at locations throughout the High Street on various days and times. Please visit this link for more information.

Appeal for £7,000 stolen watch

Police are appealing for inform20150131stolenwatchleighation after a rare watch was stolen in a house burglary. The watch, an Omega 1969 Dynamic, is worth £7,000 and is of great sentimental value to its owner.

The burglary happened sometime between 3.15pm and 6pm on Saturday, January 31. Thieves got into the property in Hudson Road, Leigh, by smashing a pane of glassin a rear door.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have been offered the watch for sale or anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the burglary.

Anybody that can help is asked to contact officers at Southend CID on Essex Police 101. People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via an Anonymous Online Form at this Crimestoppers website link. 

Warning over telephone scams

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Detectives have issued an urgent warning to residents across Essex following a sudden surge in phone calls by fraudsters posing as police officers or bank officials.

A number of homes in the Grays, South Ockendon and Brentwood areas have been targeted, but fortunately money wasn’t taken and the attempts were reported.

The incidents are the latest in a series of crimes in which mainly elderly people are targeted and tricked into revealing their bank details or handing over large sums of cash.

Dc Nina Fletcher, of Loughton CID, said: “Police would never ask you for your bank details or ask you to transfer or withdraw funds. If you do receive calls like these do not fall for their claims and just put the phone down immediately and call police on 101.”

It does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, so Essex Police is asking people to please share the following advice with elderly neighbours and relatives:

If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.

Please also remember that your bank and the police would:

NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone.
• NEVER ask you to withdraw money and send it to them.
• NEVER ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property.

Who is this suspected thief?

20141210tescoexpresstheftbroadwayleigh_000Police are appealing for help in tracing a woman they want to speak to in connection with the theft or groceries from Tesco Express in Broadway, Leigh, at 6.40pm on December 10, 2014.

Anyone who recognises the woman should contact Pc Deborah Martin at Leigh police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police seek owners of stolen bicycles

Detectives want to trace the owners of three bicycles they have recovered in Woodgrange Drive which they believe were stolen in the Thorpe Bay and Shoebury areas.

The bikes were recovered from four suspects who were arrested for a robbery in Elm Grove, Thorpe Bay, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The suspects, a 15-year-old from Barking, a 15-year-old from Gillingham, a 17-year-old from Ilford, and a 14-year-old from Dagenham, were taken to Southend Police Station for questioning and have been released on police bail to report back on Thursday March 5.

Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt of Southend CID, said: “We seized these three bikes, a silver Harlem Scorpion, a grey Silverfox Aftershock and a black Carrera Subway 1, as we strongly suspect that they are also stolen property.

“If anyone believes any of these bikes belong to them then I would ask them to contact me at Southend Police Station on 101.”

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