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Warning after two people wearing face coverings trying house and car doors in Nottingham

Police officers have launched an appeal following a series of attempted burglaries in Sherwood over the weekend.

Two people wearing hoods and face coverings were seen on CCTV trying door handles for multiple houses and cars.

Each of the incidents took place in the early hours of Sunday (9 June) morning across three neighbouring roads.

The suspects firstly tried unsuccessfully to open a door at a property in Ridsdale Road, before walking away at 12.17 am.

They then made their way to Ennerdale Road two minutes later, where they were shown on CCTV trying to get inside multiple properties.

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While walking up the drive to one of the houses, the duo also tried the door handles for two cars parked on the driveway.

Officers also received reports, around 12.35 pm, of someone breaking into a house in Ribblesdale Road, which again resulted in nothing being taken.

Police believe each of the incidents to be linked and have released images of two suspects as part of their investigation.

Sergeant Craig Purcell, of Nottinghamshire Police’s city north neighbourhood policing team, said: “We fully appreciate residents will be concerned by these incidents, but want to reassure them that work is being done to track down those involved.

“Nobody has the right to try and break into another person’s home or to take items that don’t belong to them.

“We take offences of this nature extremely seriously, in fact tackling acquisitive crimes – ones that are based on acquiring property – is a policing priority for the city north team.

“Our officers will be stepping up visible patrols in and around the areas targeted over the next few days, to provide a visible presence on the streets and offer some reassurance to our communities.

“While we know the images released aren’t the clearest, people may recognise some of the clothing featured and who might be wearing them, so if this is the case, we’d ask them to get in touch.

“Any information can be left by calling the police on 101, or by reporting it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Sgt Purcell added: “On many occasions, burglars just walk into properties without having to do much else, so we’d always advise homeowners to do everything they can to help make it harder for anyone without keys to gain access.

“As part of this, we’d urge homeowners to keep their doors locked, especially at night when they’re asleep, and to close windows too.

“Likewise, we’d also remind car owners to lock their vehicles, and if using a steering wheel lock, to put the keys on a separate key ring to the one used for their car keys.”

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