‘Burglary’ at Hartlepool mobility shop turned out to be flat occupants who were locked out

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POLICE were called to reports of a burglary at a mobility shop – but found the ‘burglars’ were the occupants of the flat upstairs who had locked themselves out.

Hartlepool Police were sent to Zenith Mobility, in the town’s Avenue Road, around 9.35pm on Sunday following reports of a break-in.

According to suggestions on social media, police were at the scene after a member of the public reported seeing someone break in through an upstairs window.

But this morning, a Cleveland Police spokeswoman said there had been no break-in and it was just the occupants of the flat above who had been locked out.

The spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.33pm on Sunday as there was a report of three men attempting to break into a shop on Avenue Road.

“Officers attended but when they arrived it was found that the men were gaining access legitimately to the flat.

“They were trying to climb through the window.

“Entry had been gained by a road policing unit but they were stood down as it became clear the initial report had been a call with good intent.”