Good neighbour’s intervention sees burglary arrest in Bridgwater

A MAN was held in police custody last Friday (June 28), thanks to neighbours looking out for one another in Bridgwater.

Police were called to a burglary in Durleigh Road just after 11.30am on June 27 – the householder was out at the time but had been told by a neighbour had someone was smashing the windows of his home.

All the ground floor windows of the house had been smashed and other items were stolen or damaged.

Officers arrived and spoke to the witness, who said the offender had left just moments before and gave a description.

Thanks to their information, a patrolling officer detained a man in Quantock Road at about 2.30pm – just three hours later.

A man in his 40s remains in cells following his arrest on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage and obstructing or resisting a constable.

Avon and Somerset Police’s Neighbourhood Sergeant Kat Forrest said: “We’re really grateful for the prompt action of the witness and the householder letting us know what was happening.

“We know that areas where people look out for their neighbours and report suspicious behaviour have lower levels of crime – that’s why Neighbourhood Watch works so well.”

She added that investigations continue, and urged anyone who has not yet come forward but has information or footage to contact the police.

Find out more about setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area on the dedicated web page.

If you can help, call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5224166638, or complete the online appeals form.

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