Police accused of doing nothing over burglaries in Portsmouth

TARGET Cedar Grove in Baffins, where there have been several burglaries in recent weeks. Picture: Miles O'Leary
TARGET Cedar Grove in Baffins, where there have been several burglaries in recent weeks. Picture: Miles O'Leary
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CONCERNS have been raised over a spate of attempted burglaries in Portsmouth.

Neighbours living near Baffins Pond say youngsters have repeatedly tried breaking into their garages – but say police are not doing anything about it.

How can the police force keep our communities safe if they allow these things to continue?

Concerned resident living in Cedar Grove

A number of incidents at the back of Cedar Grove, in Baffins, have been reported in the past couple of weeks, and neighbours are frustrated they are not being listened to.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said there had been a spate of incidents and thieves had tried getting into her garage.

‘Last Tuesday at around 5am I could hear something,’ she said.

‘One of the neighbours went out and caught some lads breaking into another neighbour’s house, and managed to chase them away.

‘They dropped a crowbar they had been using.

‘The police were called and they said they would come and pick it up, but as far as I know, the police haven’t been around.

‘How can the police force keep our communities safe if they allow these things to continue?

‘We are a close neighbourhood and all look out for each other, which is a blessing considering the lack of support from the system.’

Another resident said someone in nearby Jenkins Grove recently had bottles of champagne stolen. ‘It’s terrible,’ he said. ‘It hasn’t been like this around here for a long time, but there was a spate of it about a year ago.’

Another neighbour said she has contacted police after thieves broke into her garage.

It comes after Cosham driver Gary Badnell revealed Hampshire Constabulary refused to investigate a hit-and-run accident that left his car a write-off.

The 33-year-old had done his own detective work, locating four CCTV cameras and giving officers an 
exact time of when the incident happened outside his home.

Hampshire Constabulary was yesterday unavailable to provide a formal statement.