Burglary ‘not linked’ to spate of violent robberies

POLICE moved to quell fears of more targeted attacks on Asian homes after a burglary in Thornhill Lees.

Four suspects forced their way into a home on Headfield Road at around 3.15pm last Wednesday.

They made off with a number of items after waking the occupant and telling him they were there to check the water and gas.

Last November there was a string of violent robberies around the area which prompted vigilante action.

Drivers in parked cars were confronted by a mob in Ravensthorpe.

Det Insp George Bardell of Kirklees CID believes the latest incident is not connected.

He said: “We are conscious of community concerns following a series of offences in the area towards the end of 2015.

“A number of people were injured during robberies and aggravated burglaries. Arrests were made in connection with those offences and enquiries continue to bring those responsible to justice.

“No violence was used or threatened against the victim in this incident and I don’t believe this is linked to those previous offences.”

One suspect is described as a white man in his 40s, 5ft 7in tall and of medium build.

He had short black hair, a long face and was wearing a black woollen jacket and blue jeans. Another is also a white man, in his early 30s, about 5ft 7in tall and of heavier build.

He had a long, small face and a long nose and was wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and blue jeans.

The quartet made off on foot up the street after three of them searched the house while the fourth kept the victim in the kitchen.

Det Insp Bardell said: “Clearly this has been a frightening experience for the occupant.

“There continues to be a focused police presence in the area, including high visibility and covert patrols.

“I would also ask the local community to continue to be vigilant, and report suspicious activity to the police.”

Anyone with information can call Kirklees CID on 101, or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

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