Residents urged to report crime after series of break-ins

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Sheds and garages in Long Melford have been targeted by raiders in two spates of burglaries since the turn of the year.

Three garages in Sampson Drive and three garages and two sheds in Cordell Place have been broken into.

The latest burglary took place in Sampson Drive on Saturday.

John Gaunt, who lives in the village, said residents were concerned about the number of burglaries, and believed there may have been more.

“It is getting towards double figures now and there is a probability that there are a lot more that have not been reported,” he said.

John Nunn, vice-chairman of Long Melford Parish Council, said he had spoken with village Pcso Sophie Hemmet, who told him police patrols were to be increased.

“We will be having a meeting with officers at our police liaison committee in the coming week and it is very important residents report crime if they are victims,” said Mr Nunn.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said thefts from outbuildings was a priority.

A 22-year-old woman from Long Melford and 24-year-old man from Newmarket were arrested on suspicion of burglary on Sunday in connection with one of the break-ins.

The pair were released on bail until March 2.