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Message from Slough police station,Friday 4 December

The following is a TVP press release that was sent out yesterday (3/12) with regards a local police day of action and details of subsequent arrests:

Operation Breaker: Burglary day of action - Slough
Thursday 03 December 2009

Seven people have been arrested, one man has been charged, and suspected stolen property has been recovered in a day of action targeting burglars and other criminals in the Slough area on Thursday (3/12).

Det Insp Andy Bellman, leading the operation, said: "Thames Valley Police are committed to tackling burglary head-on and we will relentlessly target those individuals who persist in committing this distressing crime. Burglary has a significant impact on its victims, in particular during this time of year when many homes contain Christmas gifts and other seasonal purchases."

During the day of action a number of activities took place across the Slough police area, including visiting the homes of known offenders, high-profile and covert proactive operations in crime hot spots, execution of warrants and visiting more than 200 households giving crime prevention advice to help reduce the chance of people becoming victims of burglary.

Throughout Thursday (3/12), search warrants under the Theft Act were carried out at four addresses in Slough.

At an address in Cardigan Close, Cippenham, a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and property suspected to be from a burglary in Lower Cippenham Lane on 22 November was recovered by police. Information gained during the search warrants led to the arrest of two more men elsewhere in Slough on suspicion of the same burglary.

A man was arrested on suspicion of burglary non-dwelling during a warrant at an address in Dovehouse Crescent.

Graham Jones, aged 25, of Penzance Spur, Slough, was charged with burglary and appeared at Slough Magistrates' Court on Thursday (3/12), when he was remanded in custody. The charge relates to a burglary in Northmead Road, Slough, on 30 October 2009.

At 1.42pm, a member of the public called police to report a burglary in progress at an address in Knolton Way. Two men were arrested in connection with the burglary.

Thames Valley Police ask that the public also play their part in to trying to help reduce the chance of either themselves, or their neighbours, becoming victims of crime. People can take some simple measures to make their Christmas a happy one by following the principle of the three Ls:

LOOK - be sure all valuables are out of sight of doors, windows and letter boxes
LIGHTS - use energy-saving lights with timers to make your home look occupied
LOCK - always double lock doors, even when you're home. Remove keys from locks and put them out of sight. Lock your windows when you leave the house
Det Insp Nicola Hurdley, who heads the Priority Crime Team in Slough, said: "We are determined to continue the good work that led to a reduction of 9.5 per cent in burglary offences in 2008/9 and a current year-on-year reduction of 9.1per cent. As well as reducing the number of burglaries, we are working hard to increase public confidence by catching the offenders and bringing them to justice."

Secondly,we are seeking possible witnesses to an incident that occurred locally and the following is another TVP press release that also went out yesterday:

Robbery at supermarket - Slough

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a supermarket in Slough on Monday (30/11).

At about 6pm, two men wearing dark clothing, with their faces covered, entered Iceland Frozen Foods in Farnburn Avenue. One man was holding a crowbar and the other had a firearm.

The men threatened staff and stole an amount of cash from the safe. They made off in a black Toyota Celica driven by a third man. The vehicle was abandoned shortly afterwards in Birch Grove.

Det Con Joshua Pitts, investigating officer, said: "Although no-one was injured during the incident, staff were shocked and left severely shaken."

Anyone with information about the incident, who has not already come forward, is asked to contact Det Con Pitts on 0845 8 505 505. If you don't want to speak to police or give your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.