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Warning to cafes after spate of burglaries in Carlisle

Police are warning Carlisle City Centre cafes, bistros and small bars to be vigilant after a number of city centre burglaries that have taken place in the last week.

Three city Centre cafes have being targeted in overnight break-ins and had cash stolen. It is believed that the offenders are only after cash as other high value items have been left untouched.

The cafes targeted were in Abbey Street on Wednesday 19th, Castle Street/Long lane on Saturday 22nd and West walls on the 24th September.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the city centre, in particular taking any interest in cafes late at night or during the early hours. Police believe that one of the offenders may have worn a down style puffa jacket. Have you seen anyone hanging around late at night with this style jacket?

Police have been reminding local businesses to make sure all windows and doors are secure before leaving and that appropriate security measures such as CCTV, alarms and locks are working. Also if possible, to refrain from leaving large amounts of cash on the premises overnight. Till draws should be emptied and left open as a deterrent to opportunist thieves. Cash/change boxes should be locked in safes or well hidden.

Anyone with any information or how witnessed these incidents should get in touch with police.

Email: [email protected]

Call non-emergency number: PC Donaldson 2524 on 101

Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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