Church Street, Hemingford Grey – An elderly lady was the victim of an apparent attempted distraction burglary, at her house on Church Street, Hemingford Grey, between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Tuesday 28th March. The lady answered a knock at the door to a man purporting to be from ‘Anglian Water’ who asked to come inside. He is described as white, between 40 and 50 years old, wearing a blue boiler-suit.
Once inside the house, the man managed to persuade the lady to leave him alone whilst he went upstairs, then instructed her to go upstairs whilst he remained downstairs, ostensibly carrying out tests to the plumbing. When the lady became suspicious, she summoned a neighbour who checked with Anglian Water and found that the man was bogus. The police were then called, by which time the man had disappeared.
At the moment, it does not appear that anything was stolen. Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries at neighbouring properties and the investigation is on-going.
Police advice on bogus callers is never to admit a stranger into your home without checking their credentials first – follow the LOCK / STOP / CHAIN / CHECK procedure:
- LOCK: keep exterior doors locked
– STOP: before you answer the door, stop and think, are you expecting anyone?
- CHAIN: put the door on a chain or bar when you open it
- CHECK: ask for and check their ID before letting them in – but don’t just ring the number on their card, it could be a bogus number. Always look the organisation up in a phone book or use a number from a recent utility bill.
Further advice on dealing with bogus callers is available on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website at this link:
Scott Crescent, Hilton – Someone smashed the window of a Ford Transit tipper van, parked on its owner’s drive on Scott Crescent, Hilton, just before 11:30 pm on Tuesday 28th March. The owner was alerted by a noise from outside the house and on investigating, saw a man breaking the glass. When challenged, the man got into the passenger side of a waiting car, which quickly drove off. Police enquiries are continuing.
Banks End, Wyton – A road-side sign advertising a marina at Banks End, Wyton, was damaged at some time overnight on Thursday 30th / Friday 31st March by vandals who sprayed the sign with grafitti. At the moment, police have no lines of enquiry to follow in investigating this crime.
A14 Galley Hill – A lorry parked in a lay-by on the A14 at Galley Hill was robbed during the night of Friday 31st March / Saturday 1st April. Thieves slashed the side curtain of the trailer and were able to steal several boxes of cargo from inside.
Brookside, Houghton – Thieves broke into a van left parked outside its owner’s house on Brookside, Houghton, during the night of Friday 31st March / Saturday 1st April and stole a quantity of tools from inside. Car engine noises heard outside at around 3:00 am may possibly have been connected to the theft.
High Street, Hemingford Grey – A white Peugeot van, parked for the night outside a house on High Street, Hemingford Grey, had its rear window smashed by an unknown person, at some time between 4:00 pm on Monday 3rd and 9:00 am on Tuesday 4th April. The van was not entered and nothing was stolen.
Lost and Found:
Found – Hemingford Road, St Ives – Wednesday 29th April – a drone, black with red blades, found in a field off Hemingford Road – to be handed in to a police station.
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:
Date Occurred: 03/04/2017 and 04/04/17 between 18:00 – 06:50
Location: Thodays Close, Willingham Description: Unknown offender/s have smashed the rear passenger window of a stationary parked vehicle and taken a handbag containing purse with cash and other personal belongings.
Date Occurred: 4/04/2017 between 08:50 – 21:45
Location: Brickhills, Willingham Description: Unknown offender/s have forced entry into the property by forcing open UPVC front window. Untidy search carried out, nothing believed to have been taken.
If you have any information which may assist with the investigation into these crimes then please call 101, reply to this message or call crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.