College latest victim to rise in burglaries

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A break-in at a college building in Bridlington has come as the latest in a recent spate of non-dwelling burglaries in the town.

Humberside Police confirmed perpetrators stole a number of Dell Inspiron laptops as well as two televisions from the East Riding College building on St Mary’s Walk.

A spokesperson for the Force said: “Police are investigating a burglary at East Riding College on St Mary’s Walk in Bridlington which happened between 5.30am and 6.30am on Wednesday 11 March 2015.

“A number of Dell Inspiron laptops and two televisions were stolen when thieves broke into the college.

“Police enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference number CW/2102063.”

The principle of East Riding College Derek Branton said: “Our estates team discovered the break-in early on the Wednesday morning. The Learning Resource Centre was closed briefly to ensure the safety of students and staff while broken glass was cleared away. Alternative learning resource facilities were immediately made available to students and the LRC was re-opened again in the early afternoon.”

It comes after the town’s Inspector Grant Taylor said at a meeting of the full town council, that Bridlington had seen a dramatic rise in the number of non-dwelling burglaries.

Inspector Taylor said: “In 2013 we had 134, and in 2014 we’ve had an increase to 217 and that’s a 63 per cent increase. This is our Achilles heal really. We have had a big spike on non-dwellings, in particular shed burglaries. We are working with partners to try to sort that.”

While non-dwelling burglaries seem to be on the rise in Bridlington, crimes such as shop theft, criminal damage and antisocial behaviour fell between 2013 and 2014.