hall burglaries prompt Burnham Police security checks
are visiting village halls in the Burnham-On-Sea area to check
their security after three halls were broken into by burglars
within a few hours this week.
PA system and CD player were stolen from Mark Village Hall between
Saturday (January 3) at 10.30am and Monday at 6.15pm, say police.
village halls in Burtle and Burrowbridge were also targeted on
Monday, and police say the raids are linked.
Andrew Pritchard, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
will be visiting every village hall across the area affected and
giving them the same advice that we would give home and business
owners; that they should ensure valuable property is marked and
kept securely, that large amounts of cash are not kept on the
premises and that all reasonable security measures, such as installing
alarms or CCTV, are taken."
"We do believe the three crimes are linked because these
are fairly uncommon targets for burglars, and hope that we will
be able to recover what has been lost and bring charges against
At Burtle, a safe containing cash was stolen after a door to the
bar area had been kicked through. It happened between 5.30pm on
Saturday and 4pm on Monday.
Nothing was stolen from the hall in Burrowbridge when it was broken
into between 11am on Sunday and 9.30am on Monday, but a rear window
was smashed to gain entry, and cupboards were searched.
Police have asked for anyone with information to contact them
on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.