Police warning after break-ins

POLICE are urging residents to be on guard against winter break-ins after two burglaries.

Officers are investigating after a garage was broken into in Wingate and a bungalow was burgled in Shotton Colliery.

A mountain bike, power tools, a chainsaw and copper piping were stolen from the garage, in North Road East, overnight between December 14 and December 15.

Also in the same area on December 18, a vehicle was broken into from which a variety of tools were taken.

A Links of London bracelet, a silver charm bracelet containing a number of charms, a silver Pandora bracelet, a silver Pandora bracelet and necklace set, some cash and £100 of Vivienne Westwood gift vouchers were taken in the Shotton incident, in the village’s Dixon Estate on December 1.

PC Andrea Wearmouth, of Durham Police, said: “In line with the force’s Winter Nights campaign we would urge people to give home security some thought.

“Ensure doors and windows are locked and secure at all times.

“Use timers for lighting and other security devices in the home so that it is less likely to be targeted over the festive period.”

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Peterlee priority crime team 0345 6060365, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.