Detectives appeal over Wakefield burglary

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POLICE are appealing for help after jewellery, a motorbike and a credit card were stolen in a burglary in Wakefield.

A CCTV image has been released by detectives of a man they would like to speak to following the burglary at a property in Thornes Road overnight between June 8 and 9.

A credit card stolen in the burglary was later used a the Tescos store in Western Road, Tingley.

Det Con Gary Wetherill, of Wakefield District CID, said: “This offence has happened while the occupants were away but has understandably left them feeling upset and distressed. A search has been made of the property with a number of items taken including items of jewellery and a Honda Duville motorbike from the garage. A credit card was also taken with an attempt made to use the stolen card at the Tescos store in Western Road, Tingley, at around 6am on 9 June.

“While this is not the clearest CCTV image we are hopeful that someone may recognise the man’s clothing or that it might trigger someone’s memory.

“We would also like to speak to anyone living locally who has been approached to buy goods under suspicious circumstances.

“Anyone with information is asked to call myself, DC Wetherill, at Wakefield CID via 101. Information can also be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Mirfield.  4th February 1976''Battling Thomas, Mirfield Station's official cat, gets a meal from leading railwayman Nigel Stead today after a successful drive to raise cash to pay his vet's bill.''Thomas got into a scrap and lost an eye . . . but there was no cash in the kitty to pay the vet's bill.''So Thomas's friends a the station put up the notice in the picture asking for gifts.  Now after just a week they received �10.50 towards the �27.50 bill.''Thomas, who wandered into the station 12 years ago as a half-starved stray, is on the British Rail payroll.''Each month he receives an official allowance of �1.60 to pay for his weeekly fare of a pinta and five tins of meat.  On top of that Mrs. Barbara Ward, who works at Batley Station, sends an express delivery of half a pound of minced meat.''Mr. Stead (26), who is honorary keeper of the cat, said "He lost his eye in late December.  The bill was larger than we expected, so we invited donations.  British Rail has promised to make up any shortfall."

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