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Operation Impact Gets Rugby Setback

A crackdown on burglars in Warwickshire has been dealt a set-back following a spate of incidents in the Rugby area.

Figures showing the number of burglaries since Operation Impact was launched earlier this month, show that there has been no improvement on last week’s figure.

Police chiefs launched the crusade to cut the number of house burglaries by sending warning letters to known offenders telling them to stay out of trouble.

High-profile and undercover operations have been run by the constabulary to try and reduce the amount of properties being hit.

After the third week, the south of the county saw a large drop, with 13 burglaries being recorded as against 32 in the corresponding week last year.

In the Nuneaton and Bedworth area there were 14 incidents, compared with 22 last year.

But Rugby remained static, with 14 burglaries being reported - the same as 1999.

DCI Ken Lawrence, who is in charge of CID in the north of the county, said that there had been a spate of burglaries in the town last weekend.

He said:

“I hope that it was a blip in the figures. We arrested three people for these crimes afterwards, so from that point of view we had a good result.

“If you look at it week by week there are bound to be some blips in the figures.”

DCI Lawrence added that 14 people have been arrested after warrants were issued by Nuneaton Magistrates Court.

He said:

“This is further evidence of Warwickshire Constabulary’s determination to target those people responsible for house burglaries.

“As part of the on-going anti-burglary initiative, we have also arrested two men from Coventry who have been charged with burglary, and as a result 33 house burglaries have been detected.”

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CWN / Crimes, Fires & Accidents / Warwickshire Constabulary / 24 May 00

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