War medals stolen in six linked burglaries in Wisbech, Downham Market and Feltwell - and all on the same day

Police are warning West Norfolk residents to be vigilant after a string of burglaries in the region.

Police are warning West Norfolk residents to be vigilant after a string of burglaries in the region. PHOTO: Google - Credit: Archant

Six burglaries in an eight hour spell across Wisbech, Downham Market and Feltwell are thought to be the work of the same person or gang.

Their haul included two medals – from the Great War and the Second World War – and a collection of watches and jewellery.

The burglars hit their first target at Feltwell and the last 27 miles away in Wisbech, stopping off mid journey to burgle four homes in Downham Market.

Norfolk Police today warned residents to be extra vigilant following the burglaries that all happened yesterday (Thu).

Two homes were broken into in Broadlands in Downham Market between 7.45am and 4.40pm. Jewellery was stolen from one of the addresses.

A home on Landseer Road was broken into between 10am and 3.20pm and cash and jewellery was stolen, while sunglasses and a watch were stolen from a fourth property on Howdale Road between 8am and 4pm.

In Feltwell, suspects gained entry to a property in Newcombe Road between 2.30pm and 3.45pm where two WW1 and WW2 medals were stolen along with some watches.

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The last targeted home was in Broadend Road, Wisbech that was broken into between 12.45pm and 2.35pm. It is not known at this stage whether anything has been stolen from the address.

DC Nichola Lane said: “We are linking these burglaries and our investigations are ongoing.

“Officers will be conducting additional patrols over the coming days but I would like to take this opportunity to ask residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in these areas to police on 101 or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in process.

“I would also urge homeowners to review their home security.”

She said: “Please ensure your doors and windows are locked and secure at all times and if you do need to leave your home unattended, something simple such as leaving on the radio or television can be a good deterrent to opportunistic thieves.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact DC Lane at King’s Lynn CID in 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.