Spate of burglaries hit city centre

By Tim Clarke Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 11:08

A SPATE of burglaries in the city centre has left some businesses thousands of pounds out of pocket.

So far in November there have been 16 break-ins in the WR1 postcode area at properties that are not classed as being homes.

The most recent to be targeted included Rapunzel's hairdressers on King Street which was broken into between 5.30pm on Wednesday and 9.30am on Thursday (November 21 to 22 ).

Thousands of pounds worth of hair equipment and products were stolen including hair straighteners, hair driers and hair cutting scissors.

Clip Joint hairdressers in New Street was also targeted the following night, between 7pm on Thursday and 7.30am on Friday, when three pairs of GHD hair straighteners were stolen from a window display.

There was also an unsuccessful break-in attempt on the same night at the nearby Pheasant pub on New Street.

The Treasure Trove antiques shop on Barbourne Road was burgled between 9.30pm and 10.30am overnight on Friday(November 23) and jewellery worth thousands of pounds was stolen.

And on Sunday (November 25) morning someone stole £35 from the shop at St George's Church while worshippers were taking part in a service.

Inspector Janet Heritage, Safer Neighbourhoods inspector for Worcester, said: "To have 16 such offences in the centre of Worcester in less than a month is unusual and we are passing on the message to local businesses and organisations to check their security.

"There are some straightforward steps that can be taken immediately, such as using property marking products."

For advice visit www.westmercia.police.uk/advice-centre/home-and-garden-security/security-marking.html

Anyone with information on the break-ins can call police on 101.

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