KEEP YOUR GARDEN SAFE! Police have received reports about ornamental chimneys and stone sinks being taken from gardens. Lots of gardens in the area have made use of these and similar items, so follow these simple steps to ensure they stay in YOUR garden: 1, Try to mark the item with your postcode and house number with paint or chiselled in. Do this somewhere it can’t be seen, inside or underneath. 2, When you have placed the item in your garden, half fill it with concrete before covering it up with your soil and plants. This will make it almost impossible to move, so make sure you like where you’ve put it. 3, Make sure all stone wall toppings and slabs in your garden are secure and can’t be easily removed. 4, Have a look at your garden access – how easy is it in get in and out? Are gates closed and locked or secured?

BURGLARYThere were three recent house burglaries in the Almondbury area – at De Lacy Avenue, Fernside Avenue and Highlands Avenue. Items stolen included cash and a TV set. There were nine house raids elsewhere in the area – at Broadgate Crescent, Rosedale Avenue, Wakefield Road, Waterloo Road, Oak Tree Lane, Oak Tree Road, High Close and at The Courtyard, Kaye Lane. Items stolen include an XBox 360, a handbag, jewellery, a satnav, computer laptops and cash. A thief got into shed near a house in the area and stole a power washer and printer.

ALMONDBURY PACT MEETINGPc Marsland and Almondbury residents attended the Almondbury PACT meeting on May 16 at The Wesley Centre. Residents discussed issues that were concerning them in their area including anti -social behaviour at Mereside and the reduced crime figures in and around Hanby Close. It was decided by all in attendance at the meeting that the priority for the next month would be anti-social behaviour at Mereside and Fenay Lea Drive. The next PACT meeting will be held at Almondbury High School on June 27 starting at 6.30pm, we look forward to meeting with you there.

VEHICLE CRIMEMoldgreen, May 19. Thief smashed front passenger side window of car and stole property.

CRIMINAL DAMAGELepton CofE Junior infant and nursery School, May 20. Vandals damaged the main door of the school and ripped up flowers and threw soil over the children’s play equipment. The allotments, at Highgate Crescent, Lepton, May 22. A vandal threw stones at a greenhouse structure at the allotment site, smashing the glass. Almondbury, May 23. A raider forced the back upvc window lock at house to get inside and then used a key to escape through the back door stealing a television set.

THEFTLepton, May 23. Theft by finding – a wheeled bin was stolen from paved area at the back of a house.