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Burglary suspect arrested thanks to help of quick-thinking member of the public

August 2, 2020
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Police have praised a brave member of the public who chased after a suspected burglar in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The resident called Nottinghamshire Police following the incident which happened in Stoneyford Road shortly before 2am today (Sunday 2 August 2020). It was reported that a suspect had entered an 81-year-old woman's home before he was disturbed and then chased by the resident.

Officers swiftly responded to the call and arrested a 43-year-old man nearby on suspicion of burglary. He remains in police custody.

Detective Constable Louise Foster, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "While we would not actively encourage members of the public to do anything that puts them in harm’s way, I'd like to praise the resident who alerted us and chased after the suspect.

"By reacting quickly and passing on timely information to police, he helped us detain a burglar who is now being questioned in relation to this burglary.

"This is another example of how the public are our eyes and ears and how, by working together, we can continue to tackle and reduce burglary in our communities.

“Burglary is an incredibly upsetting and impactful crime which Nottinghamshire Police takes extremely seriously.

"It can have not only a long-lasting effect for the victim, but the whole wider community too. Crimes of this nature can make residents feel frightened or anxious in their own home, the place which is meant to be their safe haven.

"That's why the force remains committed to tackling and reducing burglary, with two burglary teams dedicated to driving down burglaries and preventing them from happening in the first place.

"We will continue to do all we can to pursue offenders and bring them to justice."

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