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Balaclava-clad raiders threaten homeowner and steal 65-inch TV before fleeing in taxi

PUBLISHED: 11:47 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:59 19 March 2019

Kensington Place in Norwich. Photo: Lauren Cope

Kensington Place in Norwich. Photo: Lauren Cope

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Raiders wearing balaclavas threatened the occupant of a Norwich flat before stealing a 65-inch TV and fleeing in a taxi.

Kensington Place in Norwich. Photo: Lauren CopeKensington Place in Norwich. Photo: Lauren Cope

The aggravated burglary took place in Kensington Place, near City Road, on Thursday, March 7 between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Suspects wearing black balaclavas and gloves gained entry to a flat.

They threatened the occupant with a broken piece of wood and demanded money before stealing a black 65-inch Samsung Curve TV.

It is believed the suspects fled the scene by taxi.

Officers want to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident, particularly the taxi firm/driver who collected the men from the scene.

While many people in the area hadn’t heard about the incident, they said it didn’t come as a surprise.

One person said they “had to get used to the noise”, which they said was the “saddest thing” about living there.

Jean Mobbs, who lives in the area with her children, said: “There’s always trouble here, but especially in the last few months. It has become worse.

“I work in the day so I didn’t hear anything but you do often hear shouting and banging.”

Another couple said they regularly heard banging at the locked doors to the stairs, which provide access to the top row of flats.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Cormac Harrison from Norwich CID on 101 quoting reference 36/16684/19 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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