Police issue warning after burglary spate
A PENSIONER who disappeared while Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre was found in Southport almost 24 hours later.
Carol Green, 73, was taken to hospital and reunited with family after being found on Friday morning.
Police had issued an urgent appeal to find the Wirral pensioner, describing her as high risk. She had not previously been seen since she was in the city centre Marks & Spencer store at around 2.30pm on Thursday.
RESIDENTS in Crossens and Churchtown are being warned to ensure the safety of their homes after burglars struck in the area.
Merseyside police said that two burglaries took place in Fleetwood Road on the evening of Friday, December 14, while the force had also received reports of two men trying to gain entry to houses on North Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A police spokesperson said: “Two burglaries occurred at addresses in different locations on Fleetwood Road in Southport between the hours of 7pm and 11pm on Friday, December 14.
“The offender(s) forced the window frame of a kitchen door to gain entry to one address.
“The other address (a bungalow) appears to have been entered via a upper bedroom window.
“Jewellery, cash and two handbags were stolen.
“Police patrols attended both addresses. PCSOs have followed up with victim support and further local inquiries.
“If you witnessed any one acting suspiciously in this area between these times, please contact us via direct message to this page and we will add your details to the investigation.”
Following the reports on Sunday morning, in a post on the Sefton Police Facebook page, police said: “Burglary alert warning for residents of Crossens/Churchtown.
“Local residents reported seeing two men trying front door handles to houses on North Road between 3am and 4am on Sunday morning (December 16).
“If you live on North Road or the vicinity did you see these men, or do you have CCTV that may have captured images of them?
“If you have information, please leave contact details for us by direct message on this page so that we can contact you.”
Police added that residents should be aware of these incidents and gave the following advice for keeping homes safe.
“Always lock doors and windows before you go to bed and before you leave the house.
“Timers for lights and radios can help make your home appear occupied even if it isn’t.
“Keep new gifts/items of value in secure places and not left out in view or under Christmas trees on view through windows.”
Sefton police added that an increase in foot patrols in Southport town centre should be noticeable to residents in the lead up to Christmas.
Burglars struck at homes in Fleetwood Road