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Witness appeal following a distraction burglary in Icknield Street, Beoley

Local police are seeking information from the local community about three women and one man they would like to speak to that may have valuable information following a distraction burglary in Icknield Road, Beoley.

At around 3pm on 9 April 2019 a group of three women and one man visited a home on Icknield Street, Beoley. After a few moments one of the women spoke to the home owner, whilst the home owner, an elderly man was distracted, it is believed that the remaining one or two women and man may have entered his home, taking a quantity of jewellery.

It is believed a car may have been parked in a nearby street that they used to leave the area.

The three women are described as aged between late teens to early twenties, tanned skin wearing dark clothing and all spoke with Eastern European accents. One of the woman wore a scarf.

The man is described as being in his 30's with tanned skin and spoke with an Eastern European accent.

PC Dan Icke said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this incident on the 9 April or seen people in the area at the time matching the description.

"The jewellery is highly sentimental and it may have been sold on locally.  If local residents have been offered jewellery for sale in unusual circumstances over the past few weeks please get in touch with 101."

He continued: "Please get in touch via 101 with any information that may help with our enquiries no matter how small."

If anyone recognises the descriptions of any of the four individuals or has any information about the burglary on 9 April please call 101 quoting crime reference 22/32063/19

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

West Mercia Police offers the following security advice:

•    Keep jewellery in a safe place and locked up if possible. Consider installing a safe at home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall. See www.securedbydesign.com for police approved safes.

•    Ensure that the jewellery is insured.

•    Consider storing high value items elsewhere such as in a bank deposit box; contact your bank for details.

•    Make a list of all jewellery stored in your house with a description of each item.

•    Photograph all pieces of jewellery against a plain background with the ruler next to them to give an idea of size.

•    Consider registering your jewellery with a registration company.

•    Make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home looks occupied, use burglar alarms and install security lights on the outside of your property.

Issued: 12:25pm, 03 May, MC

Published 03/05/19