Prudhoe burglary incidents

20 Jan 2017 16:09 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses following two aggravated burglaries in Prudhoe, believed to be cases of mistaken identity.

They occurred at two addresses in Castle Road in the Northumberland town on Thursday, January 19, at 7.38pm.

In both cases three masked men entered the premises, through an unlocked front door, they spoke to the occupants, and then left. At one address they stole a knife and a mobile phone.

The occupants of both houses were shocked by the incident but unharmed. The men then left in a white Fiat Ducato panel van.

Detective Sergeant Jason Kell said: "We believe both incidents were a case of mistaken identity.

"We're appealing for help from the public to identify the men and locate the vehicle they used.

"These sorts of incidents are highly unusual and we want to reassure people that they are isolated incidents."

Officers have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and there are additional officers on patrol to reassure residents.

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 978 of 19/01/17 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.