Teenage thief steals handbag from home in Leigh

THE police helicopter was called to Leigh following a burglary.

Officers were called to Orsett Avenue at around 10pm after a teenage thief broke into a home and made off with a woman’s handbag.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “We were contacted at 10pm on Saturday with reports of a burglary having just happened in Orsett Avenue, Leigh in which a handbag was stolen. An area search was conducted including the police helicopter but no one was found.

“The suspect is described as in his late teens, of mixed race, around 5ft 6 inches tall and of slim build. He was possibly wearing a tracksuit and hooded top.

“The handbag stolen from the address was found on Sunday morning by dog walker near to the address.”

Anyone with information should contact police at Southend on 101.

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3:41pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

How valuable was the content of the handbag? How much does it cost to use the helicopter? I suspect the handbag and contents value would be found to be comparatively worthless compared with the cost of the helicopter.

Could police use a sense of proportionate response to crime? No wonder the police cost so much to run.
How valuable was the content of the handbag? How much does it cost to use the helicopter? I suspect the handbag and contents value would be found to be comparatively worthless compared with the cost of the helicopter. Could police use a sense of proportionate response to crime? No wonder the police cost so much to run. Jack222

3:44pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Any excuse to get their chopper out....

Looking forward to seeing the riveting footage on Police Interceptors soon
Any excuse to get their chopper out.... Looking forward to seeing the riveting footage on Police Interceptors soon Howard Cháse

4:05pm Sun 29 Dec 13

runwellian says...

What waste of police resources?

Have the really niohing better to do?
What waste of police resources? Have the really niohing better to do? runwellian

6:12pm Sun 29 Dec 13

King of theft says...

runwellian wrote:
What waste of police resources?

Have the really niohing better to do?
The night shift at the cop shop got a tad bored and decided to stretch their legs and spin their propellers.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: What waste of police resources? Have the really niohing better to do?[/p][/quote]The night shift at the cop shop got a tad bored and decided to stretch their legs and spin their propellers. King of theft

6:24pm Sun 29 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

Jack222 wrote:
How valuable was the content of the handbag? How much does it cost to use the helicopter? I suspect the handbag and contents value would be found to be comparatively worthless compared with the cost of the helicopter.

Could police use a sense of proportionate response to crime? No wonder the police cost so much to run.
post some **** then never return to the scene of the crime....brother can you spare some testicles
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: How valuable was the content of the handbag? How much does it cost to use the helicopter? I suspect the handbag and contents value would be found to be comparatively worthless compared with the cost of the helicopter. Could police use a sense of proportionate response to crime? No wonder the police cost so much to run.[/p][/quote]post some **** then never return to the scene of the crime....brother can you spare some testicles profondo asbo

6:25pm Sun 29 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

shyte
shyte profondo asbo

9:20pm Sun 29 Dec 13

disgusted of essex says...

What a waste of taxpayers money, the Police need to have a measured response.
What a waste of taxpayers money, the Police need to have a measured response. disgusted of essex

11:26pm Sun 29 Dec 13

costa-del-blowfly says...

Jack222 wrote:
How valuable was the content of the handbag? How much does it cost to use the helicopter? I suspect the handbag and contents value would be found to be comparatively worthless compared with the cost of the helicopter.

Could police use a sense of proportionate response to crime? No wonder the police cost so much to run.
Because the the police obviously knew exactly who they were after.

There may have been a concern that this person could have had a warrant out on them, been on license or even been part of a wider spell of local crime. You know as much on this matter as I do.

Let's hope that if you are on the receipt of a crime, the police attribute the the relevant amount of concern you appropriate to other people.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: How valuable was the content of the handbag? How much does it cost to use the helicopter? I suspect the handbag and contents value would be found to be comparatively worthless compared with the cost of the helicopter. Could police use a sense of proportionate response to crime? No wonder the police cost so much to run.[/p][/quote]Because the the police obviously knew exactly who they were after. There may have been a concern that this person could have had a warrant out on them, been on license or even been part of a wider spell of local crime. You know as much on this matter as I do. Let's hope that if you are on the receipt of a crime, the police attribute the the relevant amount of concern you appropriate to other people. costa-del-blowfly

9:34am Mon 30 Dec 13

Steve Reddish says...

The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.
The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts. Steve Reddish

12:04pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Russ13 says...

Steve Reddish wrote:
The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.
I hope your mother is OK, must have been a terrible experience.

I was already getting ready to reply to the blinkered posters on here that just perhaps there was a bigger picture here..... perhaps there have been a few break-ins in the area and this one presented an opportunity to catch the person or persons responsible.

However, surely 1 burglary is bad enough and the police are right to use all available resources at any given time to catch the scumbag who did it.

It seems there's always the police-bashing crew on here where the police can do no right. If they're catching drivers without insurance/licenses there are calls for them to leave motorists along and catch burgulars, in this case they were doing their best to catch a burgular and they're still being slated!

Get a grip people!
[quote][p][bold]Steve Reddish[/bold] wrote: The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.[/p][/quote]I hope your mother is OK, must have been a terrible experience. I was already getting ready to reply to the blinkered posters on here that just perhaps there was a bigger picture here..... perhaps there have been a few break-ins in the area and this one presented an opportunity to catch the person or persons responsible. However, surely 1 burglary is bad enough and the police are right to use all available resources at any given time to catch the scumbag who did it. It seems there's always the police-bashing crew on here where the police can do no right. If they're catching drivers without insurance/licenses there are calls for them to leave motorists along and catch burgulars, in this case they were doing their best to catch a burgular and they're still being slated! Get a grip people! Russ13

6:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

King of theft says...

Steve Reddish wrote:
The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.
Still, could of been worse I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]Steve Reddish[/bold] wrote: The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.[/p][/quote]Still, could of been worse I suppose. King of theft

7:06pm Mon 30 Dec 13

King of theft says...

Russ13 wrote:
Steve Reddish wrote:
The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.
I hope your mother is OK, must have been a terrible experience.

I was already getting ready to reply to the blinkered posters on here that just perhaps there was a bigger picture here..... perhaps there have been a few break-ins in the area and this one presented an opportunity to catch the person or persons responsible.

However, surely 1 burglary is bad enough and the police are right to use all available resources at any given time to catch the scumbag who did it.

It seems there's always the police-bashing crew on here where the police can do no right. If they're catching drivers without insurance/licenses there are calls for them to leave motorists along and catch burgulars, in this case they were doing their best to catch a burgular and they're still being slated!

Get a grip people!
I'm so glad they don't put all those resources into catching a shoplifter like myself. I would of been in jail ages ago!
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve Reddish[/bold] wrote: The victim in this case happened to be my 76 year old mother who lives alone. She was asleep in her bed at the time. After breaking in and ransacking the whole bungalow the thief eventually went into her bedroom and awoke her whilst taking her bag from her side. Would you mindless morons (the 7 out of 8 commenters) feel the same if this was your mother? How petrified do you think she was? There were a few other items stolen but he was obviously just after cash/cards which he got. The police response (approx 3 minutes) was fantastic. They chose to use a helicopter and dogs as they had a chance of catching him, and they nearly did. The Echo report was woolly but please refrain from making comments until you know the full facts.[/p][/quote]I hope your mother is OK, must have been a terrible experience. I was already getting ready to reply to the blinkered posters on here that just perhaps there was a bigger picture here..... perhaps there have been a few break-ins in the area and this one presented an opportunity to catch the person or persons responsible. However, surely 1 burglary is bad enough and the police are right to use all available resources at any given time to catch the scumbag who did it. It seems there's always the police-bashing crew on here where the police can do no right. If they're catching drivers without insurance/licenses there are calls for them to leave motorists along and catch burgulars, in this case they were doing their best to catch a burgular and they're still being slated! Get a grip people![/p][/quote]I'm so glad they don't put all those resources into catching a shoplifter like myself. I would of been in jail ages ago! King of theft

8:08pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Verdislee says...

Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this.
What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous.
What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home?
I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant.

I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.
Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this. What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous. What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home? I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant. I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal. Verdislee

8:54am Tue 31 Dec 13

Steve Reddish says...

Verdislee wrote:
Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this.
What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous.
What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home?
I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant.

I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.
Thanks Verdislee. Mum is obviously shaken up still but will get over this in time. People of her generation have a lot more about them than the molly coddled generations of today. You are correct, catching intruders like these should be a priority for the police. I imagine that the many old people who live alone nearby are now feeling frightened to be alone in their own homes.
[quote][p][bold]Verdislee[/bold] wrote: Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this. What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous. What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home? I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant. I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.[/p][/quote]Thanks Verdislee. Mum is obviously shaken up still but will get over this in time. People of her generation have a lot more about them than the molly coddled generations of today. You are correct, catching intruders like these should be a priority for the police. I imagine that the many old people who live alone nearby are now feeling frightened to be alone in their own homes. Steve Reddish

1:59pm Tue 31 Dec 13

God of Shoplifting says...

Verdislee wrote:
Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this.
What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous.
What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home?
I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant.

I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.
Awful ordeal? Hardly. I wonder if home insurance covers this? You never know she could get a bit of money out of it. Everyone's a winner!
[quote][p][bold]Verdislee[/bold] wrote: Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this. What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous. What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home? I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant. I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.[/p][/quote]Awful ordeal? Hardly. I wonder if home insurance covers this? You never know she could get a bit of money out of it. Everyone's a winner! God of Shoplifting

11:35am Wed 1 Jan 14

Steve Reddish says...

God of Shoplifting wrote:
Verdislee wrote:
Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this.
What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous.
What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home?
I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant.

I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.
Awful ordeal? Hardly. I wonder if home insurance covers this? You never know she could get a bit of money out of it. Everyone's a winner!
God of Shoplifting, you are a complete and utter ****. I hope you die soon you c**t
[quote][p][bold]God of Shoplifting[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Verdislee[/bold] wrote: Well said Steve Reddish, unfortunately the usual anti-police keyboard warriors are in full swing with this. What the morons fail to grasp is that although the value of the items stolen may not be worth a great deal, the impact crimes like this have on the victim and community is enormous. What better use of Police resources are there than catching a criminal preying on vulnerable people in their own home? I live very close by to where this happens so I will be keeping vigilant. I hope the victim is ok and able to recover from this awful ordeal.[/p][/quote]Awful ordeal? Hardly. I wonder if home insurance covers this? You never know she could get a bit of money out of it. Everyone's a winner![/p][/quote]God of Shoplifting, you are a complete and utter ****. I hope you die soon you c**t Steve Reddish

8:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Verdislee says...

God of Shoplifting u clearly are a complete and utter ****. Must be a sad existence trawling the net to annoy people. Still, I suppose there's only so many times u can whack off to weird internet **** without getting bored. Go back and crawl in the hole u came from, scum!
God of Shoplifting u clearly are a complete and utter ****. Must be a sad existence trawling the net to annoy people. Still, I suppose there's only so many times u can whack off to weird internet **** without getting bored. Go back and crawl in the hole u came from, scum! Verdislee

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