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By Gary Smee Tuesday 18 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 13:43
CHILDREN'S Christmas presents, cash and jewellery were all stolen as another spate of burglaries took place in the Vale.
Several homes were broken into in Pinvin, Pershore, Evesham and neighbouring Worcester mostly on Saturday evening (December 15).
The crimes are being linked to seven previous burglaries that have taken place in the Pershore area, including Wyre Piddle and Drakes Broughton, over the last few weeks.
Police said all of the burglaries at the weekend appeared to follow a route along the A4538 corridor.
In Evesham a property in Lingfield Road was targeted between 7pm and 7.30pm with children's Christmas presents and jewellery taken.
A house in Sycamore Avenue was also broken into and searched some time between 2.30pm and 7.30pm but nothing was stolen.
In Pershore crooks broke into a home in Avon Road between 6.30pm and midnight stealing cash, jewellery and bank cards.
There were also two homes targeted in Pinvin. A woman in a house in The Green woke up to disturb two men who then ran off but some items of jewellery were stolen.
Also in Pendas Meadow between 1pm on Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday (December 16) jewellery, DVDs and designer aftershave were all taken.
Four homes in Worcester were also targeted on Saturday.
Detective Inspector Richard Rees who is investigating the burglaries said: "We have seen a serious escalation of the number of offences in this series and for peaceful areas like Worcester and Wychavon to experience so many in one day is very unusual.
"The offences started off around Pershore and the area of offending seems to be widening, along the A4538 from Evesham to north Worcester."
"We are taking this sudden increase very seriously and under West Mercia Police's ongoing anti-burglary initiative, Citadel, a team of detectives is working very hard on solving them. This includes assessing the forensic evidence taken from the crime scenes and analysing the intelligence we have.
"We will also be putting in extra high-visibility patrols around the neighbourhoods that have been affected, to reassure local people.
"I would like to hear from anyone living near the burgled properties and who saw anything suspicious on Saturday evening to contact the police - please tell us what you know.
"We are particularly interested in any suspicious vehicles or people, particularly going around in pairs. If you do see anything out of the ordinary, please contact the police immediately on 101."
For tips on how to keep homes safe log onto www.westmercia.police.uk
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