U.K. Crime Scene: Police search for man who defecates in trains
Police are looking for a man who has defecated on trains, causing damage in the thousands of pounds.
The vandal strikes by smearing excrement inside the train cars, and 30 cars have been smeared since August, mainly in southeast Britain, according to an article in The Guardian newspaper.
The Guardian quoted police as saying that the suspect waits until he is alone before committing the dirty acts. The damage has totaled about 60,000 pounds, the article stated.
“There is no particular pattern as to when he appears,” Detective Constable Donna Fox told The Guardian. “He travels to various areas and at different times of the day and different days of the week and basically waits to be in part of a carriage by himself” before he commits these offenses.
Anyone with information on the defecator is asked to contact the British Transport Police witness line at 02073 915275.
Thieves break into two post offices, steal cigarettesWICKHAMBROOK AND ASSINGTON — Authorities are looking for the culprits responsible for breaking into two post offices in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, according to a Suffolk Constabulary news release.
The first incident occurred at the Wickhambrook post office about 1 a.m., when the offenders reversed a four-wheel-drive Toyota pickup into a brick wall at the post office in an attempt to steal the safe, the release stated.
Considerable damage was done to the wall, which allowed one of the offenders to enter the building. It is thought that the would-be thieves were interrupted during their attempt and escaped in another vehicle without stealing anything from the post office, about 10 miles south of Newmarket, the release said.
They then headed toward Stradishall crossroads. Three to five offenders were believed to be involved, the release stated.
The second incident happened just after 2:30 a.m. at the Assington farm shop and post office, about 11 miles north of Colchester. There, three offenders arrived in a dark-colored vehicle, similar to a Ford Escort, and broke into the shop. Cigarettes were taken, the release stated.
Police are asking anyone who has information about either of the burglaries to call detectives at 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, at 0800 555 111.
Pair suspected of using fake currency in HadleighHADLEIGH — Police here are appealing for witnesses following three reports of counterfeit currency being used on Oct. 15 at businesses in the town.
Fake pounds were passed between 7 and 8:15 p.m. at the Red Lion Public House, a Holiday Inn and another business known as Threshers, according to a release from the Suffolk Constabulary.
In all incidents, a Scottish 50-pound note was passed and later found to be fake. The suspects used the forged currency to pay for low-cost items, netting themselves a bunch of real change in the process, the release stated.
The two suspects are male. One is described as white and in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a chubby build and dark hair. The second suspect is also described as white and in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a slimmer build and dark, gelled hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact David Garner at the Hadleigh police station at 01473 613500.
Police warn residents after woman falls for repair scamHARTFORD — Police are asking people to be on the lookout for scams after an elderly woman handed over more than 500 pounds to two men who did roof repairs on her residence without her permission.
The incident happened at the woman’s home between Sept. 22 and Sept. 29, according to a release from the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
The men demanded 550 pounds from the woman, visiting her home twice and taking money from her each time, the release stated.
One suspect is described as a slim white man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall. The second man is described as white, stocky and about 6 feet tall, with short black hair.
Police are asking for anyone who may have seen the men working on the roof of the Felstaff Way home to call 08454 564564.
Copper lightning rods taken from Godmanchester churchGODMANCHESTER — Two lightning rods that stretched from the top of a steeple to the ground were stolen Sept. 27 from St. Mary’s Church in Godmanchester.
The copper strips are about 1½ inches wide, according to a release from the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behavior in the area that night is asked to call 08454 564564.