Police appeal after garden burglary at house in Sunderland

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an attempted burglary took place in the garden of a Sunderland house.

It happened between 8.50pm and 9pm on Saturday, April 11, when a man forced entry into a garden in Gleneagles Road, Grindon, and attempted to make off with a lawnmower but was disturbed.

He is described as being around 18-years-old, 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: “We often see sheds targeted at this time of year as people start to spend more time outside in the garden and want to issue a timely reminder to people to make sure their shed and outbuildings are secure.”

Northumbria Police is currently running Operation Soundwave - aimed at targeting crimes such as thefts and burglaries.

A part of the campaign is crime prevention advice and encouraging residents to take a few simple steps to safeguard their property.

Insp Laverick added: “We always encourage people to register valuable items on the national property database immobilise. If police recover property that has been registered on the site we can return it to the owner. “The database also means we can take action against those people are found in possession of property that is clearly not their own.”

Inquiries into the burglary are ongoing and anyone who may have been in the area at the time or have information to help is asked to contact Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1139 11/04/15.