Weekly crime summary 26 April 2016
Personal safety reminder
There have been several street robberies, particularly at ATM’s, reported in Great Yarmouth over the last few weeks. Although the chances of you becoming a victim of this type of crime are low a few simple precautions when out and about can help to ensure your personal safety:
· When at the cash point stand close to the machine, shield your PIN and do not allow yourself to be distracted. Take the money immediately and secure it in a safe place. Do not count it in public view!
· When possible wear handbags across your body as this makes it harder to snatch and always keep it securely zipped up.
· Avoid carrying your wallet in your back pocket where it can easily be spotted by would be thieves.
· Try not to be conspicuous about the valuables you are carrying and spread them around your body if possible.
· Be aware if using an expensive mobile phone as these are attractive goods to be stolen.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously please call 101 or 999 if a crime is actually in progress.
Witnesses sought after opportunist thief targets an injured elderly lady in Great Yarmouth
Officers are looking for witnesses after an elderly lady has had her handbag stolen following a fall in the Great Yarmouth Market Place.
The incident happened at approximately 3.30pm on Saturday 16 April 2016. The elderly victim was walking near to Poundland, opposite McDonalds, when her legs gave way and she fell to the floor. Whilst on the floor, a woman has taken this opportunity to take the victims handbag which contained an undisclosed amount of money, some medication and various cards.
Anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area between the times stated or anyone with information should contact PC Gary Brown at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101.
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Gorleston assault appeal
Detectives are appealing for information after a teenager was assaulted in Gorleston.
The incident took place in Church Road in the town at around 9.50pm on Wednesday 20 April 2016.
The victim, aged in her late teens, was returning home when she was approached from behind by an unknown male who put his hands over her mouth, grabbed her and indecently assaulted her.
The man is believed to have fled in the direction of Garnham Road. He was described as white, 5ft 6in tall and as wearing a dark top with his hood up and dark bottoms with a white stripe down the side.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Sgt Graeme Talbot at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Next of kin appeal – Peter Greenhill
Police are appealing for help to trace the family of a man who died recently.
66-year-old Peter Greenhill sadly died at his home address in Hawkins Close, Great Yarmouth, on Thursday 14 April 2016. There were no suspicious circumstances.
Anyone with information relating to Peter should contact the Coroner’s office in Norwich on 01603 276496.