Wedding presents stolen from groom’s parent’s home

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Thousands of pounds worth of money and jewellery has been stolen from a house in Preston while the occupants were at their son’s wedding.

The burglary took place at the address in Wellington Street between 10am on Monday, August 4 and 1am on Tuesday, August 5.

Police said the offender or offenders forced entry into the property and searched the address, stealing a large number of wedding presents that were being stored inside the house.

It is believed the offender or offenders left the address from the rear of the property and made off towards Strand Road.

PC Gary Latham said: “We believe the offender(s) may have specifically targeted the address because they were aware that the occupants were attending a wedding and knew that there was a significant amount of money and jewellery in the house.

“The victims have understandably been left devastated by this burglary and I would appeal to anyone who has any information that could assist with our investigation to contact us.”

He added: “I would also urge all residents, particularly those in Asian communities, to remain vigilant. In homes where large amounts of expensive jewellery is kept, we recommend taking extra steps to keep your property safe.”

Tips for keeping your property safe include:

• Keep front and back doors locked and windows closed;

• If windows are open, keep them on the latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside;

• Fit a door chain and use it when answering the door to an unexpected caller;

• Keep side gates locked;

• Consider putting valuables in a safe;

• Use a strong lock on sheds, garages and other outbuildings,

• Consider fitting outdoor security lighting.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting DA1406451 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.