March 10 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 24, 2014
Around 100 stolen items have been identified by their owners following a property viewing day held at Saffron Walden police station.
An estimated 300 items recovered by police following burglaries in north Essex were put on show at the event, held on Thursday February 20. The items were all believed to have been taken during breaks-ins across the Uttlesford district throughout last December.
They had been recovered when police in Kent questioned two men waiting to catch a cross-Channel ferry at Dover on December 29.
Most of the recovered property was jewellery but many electrical items including hair straighteners, video cameras, USB sticks, hard drives, iPods, laptops, cameras and mobile phones were also recovered.
Kent police have charged the men with a number of burglary offences.
The victims of 28 burglaries were invited to view the items in the hope of identifying them. The burglaries happened in Saffron Walden, Clavering, Littlebury and Stansted area, including several which were carried out on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Investigating officer, DS Becky Young, said: “We were very pleased with the amount of property that we will be able to reunite with its rightful owners. We are now planning to hold another event in the near future to see if we can possibly identify more of this property.
“With so many items to return to their rightful owners the property viewing days are the quickest way for people who have been the victim of recent burglaries to try and identify their missing items.”