“DISAPPOINTED” and “empty” – that is how Bridlington’s Mayor Councillor Michael Charlesworth has described how he is feeling after leaving hospital to return to his home that was targeted by burglars.
Now he has urged residents to sign up to the town’s neighbourhood watch scheme Bridwatch to help prevent others falling victim to thieves.
As previously reported the mayor’s civic chains, valued at £15,000, were stolen when Coun Charlesworth’s home on First Avenue was burgled while he was in hospital receiving treatment for a stroke.
An engagement ring and wedding ring belonging to his late wife Jean, and a laptop containing treasured photos and a book about Jean’s life were also stolen when his home was ransacked.
“I’m feeling a bit disappointed really,” said Coun Charlesworth who was discharged from hospital last week and is hoping to resume his official duties this weekend.
This was the first time Coun Charlesworth had been burgled in the 37 years he has lived at the property.
“I would urge people to participate in a neighbourhood watch because without it we may end up with vigilante watch,” he added.
Just days before Bridwatch volunteers and members of the Bridlington Neighbourhood Policing Team were door knocking on the Avenues urging residents to join a neighbourhood watch following a spate of burglaries in the area.
And police patrols in the town have increased with detectives assigned specifically to tackle burglaries working with officers from Bridlington and high visibility Police Community Support Officers (see page 15).
Detective Sergeant Orsborne, who is overseeing the investigation into the burglary, said: “This offence has had a massive impact on the family through the nature of the property that has been stolen, and it has an impact on the whole community of Bridlington.”
“We are following up several lines of enquiry and I would urge the local community to assist us in recovering what was a very important piece of jewellery to the town.”
Traders in the town have been urged not to accept any of the items they suspect may have been taken in this burglary and instead to alert the police as a matter or urgency.
“Whoever has possession of these items are going to be fairly keen to get rid of them sooner rather than later.
“I would urge any of the outlets who buy property like this in the town not to consider taking it but to contact us if they are offered it for sale,” DS Orsborne added.
Anyone with any information has been asked to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 1937270 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.