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Man wanted for string of burglaries of student properties arrested in Nottingham

A man wanted over a string of burglaries was arrested after patrolling officers spotted him in the street.

Officers from the City Central Operation Reacher team were on reassurance patrols in local student communities when they spotted the suspect.

Extensive inquiries into four separate burglaries in recent weeks led to a search for the 41-year-old.

That search ended on Monday (26 September) when two police constables on the Reacher team spotted the suspect in Maples Street, Hyson Green, and arrested him.

He was taken into custody for questioning and has since been bailed with conditions while the investigation continues.

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All four burglaries happened at student properties in the Hyson Green and Arboretum areas of Nottingham.

Two bicycles were stolen from a garage in Derby Road, Arboretum, on 8 September.

A television, laptops, jewellery, clothing, an iPhone and cash were reported stolen from an address in Maples Street on 22 September.

The same day, a Nintendo Switch, laptop, jewellery, air pods and cash were stolen from another student property in Noel Street, Hyson Green.

The fourth burglary was also reported on 22 September, with a student living in Bentinck Road returning home to find her car key and black Mini Cooper missing.

Detective Inspector Chris Berryman, of Nottinghamshire Police’s city burglary team, said: “The force takes all reports of burglary extremely seriously.

“Thanks to some excellent work by the City Central Operation Reacher team, a suspect has been arrested and questioned in connection with these incidents.

“This is an ongoing investigation but I would ask anyone who may have any information to get in touch with us on 101 or speak to a patrolling officer.”

Inspector Ben Lawrence, who leads the City Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, praised the Reacher officers who made the arrest.

He said: “As a team we carry out both visible and plain-clothed patrols on a regular basis in a bid to reduce crime and provide reassurance. In this instance, it is really pleasing that these patrols led to a wanted man being detained and the officers concerned deserve tremendous credit.”

Meanwhile, the City Central team also arrested a separate suspect in connection with a string of other burglaries in Hyson Green.

Cash, bank cards and a £1,000 mountain bike were among the items stolen from three properties in Brushfield Street and Gregory Boulevard on 21 September, while a bike was stolen from a garage in Gregory Boulevard on Wednesday (28 September).

Following CCTV inquiries, a 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the four burglaries in the early hours of Thursday (29 September) and remains in custody for questioning.

While Nottinghamshire Police has two proactive burglary teams which are committed to preventing and reducing this type of crime, Inspector Lawrence urged people to follow a few simple steps to mitigate the risk of falling victim to burglary.

He said: “Despite our continuing drive to prevent burglaries and ensure our student communities are as crime-free as possible, we still need students to remain vigilant and make sure they take the necessary steps to protect themselves and avoid becoming victims.

“We’d urge students to check their door and window locks are working correctly and remember to make sure they keep their doors and windows locked at all times, even when they are at home and especially if their rooms are on the ground floor.”

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