St Helens man arrested over break-ins targeting Asian community

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A St Helens man has been arrested on suspicion of a string burglaries in which members of the Asian community were targeted.

The 24-year-old was held over a string of break-ins in Wavertree and Cressington.

He has been questioned and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A force spokesman said: “The offences have taken place most recently in Liverpool and detectives are linking them due to the victims all being Asian and the jewellery having been unique items originally crafted in India and China. Previously similar incidents have been reported in Wirral and St Helens.

“Three people have been arrested by Merseyside Police detectives and some jewellery suspected of having been stolen has been found and reunited with its owner.

“A police investigation led by Liverpool CID is on-going and officers are working with Asian community leaders to encourage people to be vigilant and take better crime prevention steps to deter future offences.

Among the recent incidents were a break-in in Wavertree in which a kitchen window was foreced open and a gold necklaces, bracelets , rings and a small free-standing safe was stolen.

There have also been burglaries in Childwall, Aigburth Cressington and Wavertree. Cash and a variety of jewellery was taken and on a number of occasions a white van was spotted in the area.