Police hunt suspect wanted for Southsea burglary

WANTED Craig Mansfield
WANTED Craig Mansfield
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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THIS man is being hunted by police in a crackdown on burglaries.

Police have released this image of Craig Mansfield after he skipped a court appearance.

The 25-year-old is charged with burgling a home in Clarenden Road, Southsea, two weeks ago. He is also accused of possessing class B drugs.

Mansfield is 5ft 10in, of an average build, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Police believe he may have fled to Nottingham, and are appealing for anyone who knows where he is to get in touch.

The image has been released as part of the Operation Nemesis crackdown which aims to solve 15 per cent of all burglaries, robbery and theft from vehicles.

Force-wide there were 80 fewer burglaries reported between April last year and March compared to the same period the previous year – a drop from 4,694 to 4,614.

But this is still an average of 13 burglaries every day.

In the eastern area, which covers Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight, burglaries dropped by 3.5 per cent in the period, from 1,744 to 1,682.

Reports of the crime fell slightly in Portsmouth, but rose marginally in Fareham, Gosport and the Havant area.

Eastern Area Superintendent Darren O’Callaghan said: ‘The results in some areas so far are encouraging with fewer victims and fewer crimes, but it is important to achieve reductions in every community. We must also help protect residents from becoming victims by delivering simple but effective crime prevention tips and techniques, and ensuring police provide all victims with an excellent service.

‘Burglars show a blatant disregard and lack of respect for people’s privacy or possessions by deciding to invade homes and steal.

‘I would like to call on the public for their ongoing support, not only with information on suspects, but with crime prevention, at a time when all UK police forces must meet many other challenges and changes.’

Call police on 101 quoting Operation Nemesis or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.