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Woman disturbs burglars after hearing ‘blinds rattling’ at her Southwell home

After further enquiries a 15-year-old boy was detained later that morning on suspicion of attempted burglary. 

Two teenagers were arrested after a woman disturbed would-be burglars.

The victim was awoken by the sound of rattling blinds at the window in her bedroom at around 2am yesterday (Monday 6 September 2021).

She shouted at two suspects who tried to break into her home in Southwell.

Both suspects ran from the scene.

Within 20 minutes police arrested a 14-year-old boy nearby on suspicion of attempted burglary. The boy was further arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker after an officer was kicked to his ankle while in custody.

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After further enquiries a 15-year-old boy was detained later that morning on suspicion of attempted burglary.

Detective Sergeant Ricky Ellis, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This incident has left the victim feeling very unsettled and unnerved in her own home where she should be able to feel her safest.

“Burglary is such an invasive and traumatic crime which we don’t want anyone to fall victim to.

“I would like to reassure people that Nottinghamshire Police treats all burglary reports seriously and remains determined to driving down this upsetting crime and doing everything it can to stop burglaries from happening in the first place.”

Burglary has fallen by over a third in Nottinghamshire in the last financial year (34 per cent drop) and Nottinghamshire Police’s two specialist burglary teams and divisional CID teams remain dedicated to tackling this type of crime.

Enquiries into this incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who either lives or was in the Leeway Road, Southwell, area during the relevant time and who saw anything to please come forward.

They would also like to hear from anyone who may have recorded CCTV or dash-cam footage covering the area. Anyone with information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 36 of 6 September 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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