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   Village Robbery and Assault    27 March, 2015

Village Robbery and Attack

The following is an open letter to all residents from Sergeant Sam Dobbs, Northamptonshire Police, Daventry Town:

Police officers have been in East Haddon last night (Thursday 26 March) and this morning following a serious incident which occurred in Vicarage Lane at around 7.30pm on 26 March. The incident happened at the address of a 75 year old woman who was alone at home behind locked gates, when she became aware of three men who had entered her home via an insecure door. They manhandled her, causing minor facial injuries, and searched her property, stealing a quantity of money before making good their escape. The victim received treatment at Northampton General Hospital before returning home late last night (Thursday evening) and remains in a distressed and shocked state this morning.

This attack took place between 7.30pm and 7.40pm, coinciding with a meeting of East Haddon Parish Council at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and a meeting of St Mary’s Church in church which started at 7.30pm and concluded by 7.40pm, approximately the time the offenders are reported to have left. As you will know from local knowledge, both meetings were in close proximity to the address attacked.

If you have any information about this serious offence, or were attending either meeting and noticed anyone in the vicinity of Vicarage Lane around 7.30pm, you are asked to contact the police.

Incidents like this are extremely rare. Of over 500 robbery crimes across the county since April 2014, there had otherwise been none across the whole Ravensthorpe Ward, which in itself featured in only 35 of the county’s 41,000 crimes overall. I do not say this to minimise the impact of the serious incident in Vicarage Lane last night, but to provide some perspective as to the safety of living in your area.

Whilst I was in your village this morning with my officers conducting enquiries, your local sergeant, Matt Moore has been patrolling there with his team this afternoon and we will maintain a presence in and around the village over the weekend. In the meantime, we ask parishioners to assist us by:

  • Listening out for any local information in case there are local connections to this incident
  • Reporting anything that was out of the ordinary in Main Street between 6pm and 8pm last night (Thursday)

Alternatively, if you have any information about this crime you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you need to speak to a local officer over the weekend, Sgt Moore will be on duty and can be contacted via our switchboard who can also get a message to him.

Enquiries continue to be conducted by Daventry CID, led by Det Sgt Gavin Suttie. Our crime reference is NP59924/14

Switchboard | 101 (if dialling within Northamptonshire) or 03000 111222 (outside the county)

Extension |343805 (Office) or 776070- (Mobile extension)


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