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WEST SUFFOLK — Despite a dramatic fall in the number of Christmastime burglaries since last year (23 in 2004 and just six in November-December this year), Suffolk police recently published a news release reminding residents to keep their homes secured.

Police have asked residents to safeguard holiday presents, which can be a target for thieves, the news release said. Authorities are hoping to thwart the type of theft that occurred in a Newmarket home on Dec. 19, when a burglar entered a home and stole cash from Christmas cards sometime between 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.

RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath are in West Suffolk.

Two seen near restaurant at time of robbery sought by investigators

NEWMARKET — Police are looking for two white males seen in the area of Kings Restaurant on Dec. 19 between 3:45 and 4:10 p.m., when the business was robbed and its offices damaged.

According to a news release from county constables, someone entered the restaurant through the unlocked front doors during that time, forced the door to an upstairs office and stole cash, reported in local media as an estimated 10,000 pounds.

The two men wanted for questioning in connection with the crime were both described as stocky with dark hair, police said.

Newmarket is south of RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall.

Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 0800-555-111.

Breaking of car windows causes about £300 worth of damage

BURY ST. EDMUNDS — Two cars in different locations had windows smashed during the night of Dec. 19, causing an estimated total of about £300 damage, Suffolk police said. The first car was an Audi A3 parked on Spring Road, the other a Fiat Punto parked on Springfield Road, according to police.

Bury St. Edmunds is southeast of RAF Mildenhall.

Huntingdon man loses bicycle, backpack to robbers on footpath

HUNTINGDON — A 32-year-old Huntingdon man was knocked to the ground and robbed of his bicycle and backpack when he attempted to pass two men in Sapley Square on Dec. 15, Cambridge police reported. Huntingdon is west of RAF Mildenhall.

The man was riding on a footpath about 12:30 a.m. when he was approached by the men and hit with what he described as a “wooden pole.”

Anyone with more information is asked to call Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Police ask for witnesses to fatal airplane collision to come forward

MORETON-IN-MARSH — Police in Moreton-In-Marsh, near RAF Croughton, are appealing for witnesses to a two-plane collision that killed a 34-year-old man Dec. 18. The incident occurred around 12:26 p.m. when it is believed two light aircraft collided in the sky, according to Gloucestershire police. One of the planes crashed, killing the Coventry man, while the other was able to land safely at a nearby airport, with both the pilot and passenger unharmed. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 0845-090-1234.

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