WE have been confronted with a spate of burglaries in parts of Huddersfield.
The Lockwood, Crosland Moor and Newsome areas have been badly hit this month.
And I believe that the same person or people are responsible for several of the crimes.
Over the last few weeks there has been a rise in burglary offences at homes in those areas.
Since the start of May, we have seen more than 20 break-ins in these areas and property worth thousands of pounds has been stolen.
Over the last few days, we have had to deal with burglaries in Sovereign Court, Bentley Street and Burbeary Road in Lockwood, Sunningdale Road and Blackmoorfoot Road in Crosland Moor, and Hall Cross Road and Ingleton Road in Newsome.
All those areas were hit earlier in the month with a number of crimes.
The stolen property included laptop computers, games systems, mobile phones and clothing.
Each of these crimes is extremely distressing to the householders.
Many have to sort out repairs to their homes but equally problematic is the impact it has on people’s quality of life.
It can be very distressing for people to know that intruders have been in their homes.
People can take simple precautions by ensuring that doors and windows are secured but in some cases, burglars will force their way in through security measures.
We have details of one offence which happened on May 4, in a five-minute spell between 6.40pm and 6.45pm.
It happened at a house in Burbeary Road, Lockwood, while the occupant was out.
We have a very good description of the baby-faced suspect, who was white and had blond hair, and I believe he could well have been involved in other crimes.
Our experts have produced an E-fit and that represents a good opportunity to identify someone who has been involved in committing burglary offences in this locality.
He got into this particular house by removing a grate leading to the cellar.
The burglar then climbed into the cellar which gave access to the house.
Once inside, the offender searched several rooms and stole a laptop computer from the living room.
The thief was then disturbed by a resident but opened the living room window, climbed out and ran off.
If anyone recognises the E-fit then please contact Huddersfield Police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
RESIDENTS in part of Waterloo asked for police help after problems with gangs of youths.
Efforts by the Neighbourhood Policing Team have seen a number of young people detained with large amounts of alcohol.
A number of residents complained to police and at Community Forum meetings about the gangs congregating on paths near the Mereside development off Penistone Road.
A police spokesman said: “As a result of our focused patrols in this and surrounding areas we have made five alcohol scheme referrals.
“This is where youths found drinking are returned home and with the support of parents later attend an alcohol meeting scheduled for a Friday night for them to consider and discuss the effects of alcohol”.
The alcohol is confiscated.