AN investigation has been launched into a spate of attempted burglaries after a person was seen approaching several properties before seeing if their front doors were unlocked. 

Essex Police are looking into reports of suspected break-in attempts in Smugglers Close, Lowlands Road and Hilton Crescent, in Hullbridge.

According to force, a person was seen in the areas between midnight and 1am on Friday trying the door handles of homes. 

Thankfully, they did not manage gain access to any of the addresses.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Officers have been carrying out targeted patrols in the area to reassure residents and conduct enquiries.

“If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to these incidents, then please get in contact with us.

“You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.”

Essex Police can also be reached by calling 101 but in an emergency, always call 999.

Anonymous reports can be submitted through Crimestoppers by visiting their website or calling 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 42/6006/24 when reporting.