Alert over burglaries in Doncaster village

Police are on alert after a spate of burglaries in a Doncaster village.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 12:30 pm

Concerns have been raised after a number of break-ins in Sprotbrough, with police looking to take action to stem the problem.

Insp Adrian Luscombe, the neighbourhood inspector for Doncaster West, which includes the village, said: “We have seen a rise in burglaries in Sprotbrough. We are putting extra patrols on in that area at present as a result.

“We’re also looking at implementing Smartwater there in the next few weeks or so, which would be targeted at the main hotspots.”

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Concerns have been raised after a number of burglaries in a Doncaster village. Stock image

Officers have already seen some success in dealing with the problem.

One incident in nearby Scawsby saw two cars stolen in a so called ‘two in one’ burglary, where thieves break into a property to steal the keys to cars.

The burglary happened on Thursday October 29, on Town View Avenue. But five days later, on Tuesday, November 3, police arrested a suspected, who has since been charged with the raid.

Officers also detained a man who was found hiding in bushes near Montagu Road, Sprotbrough after reports of people trying doors in the area. He was found to be wanted from a previous burglary.

Insp Luscombe said officers would look to roll out Smartwater in a similar way to how it had been brought in in other areas of Doncaster, including Balby.

Smartwater is a liquid that can be applied to items in a property that carries a unique chemical code that can link the item back to the house if it is stolen.

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