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 Appeal after burglars disturbed during attempted break-in


BURGLARS were disturbed by a householder as they tried to break into his home in broad daylight.
Detectives investigating the attempted break-in at Witton-le-Wear now want to hear from witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.
At around noon on Wednesday (March 27), the householder was in the living room of his home in West End when he heard a banging noise coming from his conservatory.
He discovered two men, both wearing black hoodies and believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, who were kicking at the door to try to gain entry.
Both ran off when they were disturbed and got into a small, silver-coloured car, which was parked outside and contained a passenger, a blonde woman also believed to be in her early 20s. They then drove towards Bishop Auckland.
The burglars did not get into the house, although the door frame was damaged and the householder was left shocked by the incident.
Detectives investigating the incident have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area, but are now asking for witnesses to get in touch.
Investigating officer Louise Coglan said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who may have seen something suspicious to come forward.
“We would particularly like to hear from drivers who may have information which could help our investigation.
“This incident happened at lunchtime, close to the busy A68, so we believe there would have been a significant amount of traffic in the area at that time”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 0352 of March 27.