Four burglaries in space of two hours in Leeds suburb could be linked, say police

Police are investigating a series of break-ins in Kirkstall, Leeds

Police are investigating a series of break-ins in Kirkstall, Leeds

Detectives are investigating whether a series of burglaries at a leisure centre, two schools and an education centre in the space of two hours in the same area of Leeds are linked.

West Yorkshire Police are investigating four break-ins which took place between 3am and 5.15am yesterday (March 14) in the Kirkstall area.

These burglaries have all occurred in the same general area and over a similar time period and we are looking at whether they are linked.

Detective Inspector Neil Thompson

All the incidents saw suspects smash windows to enter the building but leave without taking anything.

Detective Inspector Neil Thompson, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: “These burglaries have all occurred in the same general area and over a similar time period and we are looking at whether they are linked.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious at any of these locations around the time of the incidents.”

In the first incident, burglars smashed an office window at Queenswood Education Centre, in Foxcroft Close, shortly after 3am.

They entered the building but are believed to have been disturbed by the alarm and left without taking anything.

During the incident at St Stephen’s Primary School, in Morris Lane, at about 3.20am, a window was smashed to gain entry to the school but nothing is believed to have been taken.

The burglary at Kirkstall Leisure Centre, in Kirkstall Lane, happened shortly after 4am. The suspects smashed a ground-floor window and made an untidy search of the centre. It is not believed any property has been taken.

Kirkstall Valley Primary School, in Argie Road, was targeted between 4.45am and 5.15am. The suspects smashed the glass in the front door to get in before smashing an office window before leaving empty-handed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District Crime Team officers at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13160111421.