Over 100 pack crime meeting


Villagers packed out a public meeting after being left worried when a gang of thieves targeted several homes in one night.

Over 100 residents turned out to Maulden Vilage Hall on Tuesday evening to discuss what they can do prevent more burglaries in the area.

The meeting was held after two homes were targeted overnight on December 16. This followed an earlier burglary several nights beforehand.

Beds Police say there was a total of three burglaries in Maulden in December.

Simon Barnes, who organised the meeting, said: “We were all quite shocked about the burglaries when they happened, because we have a relatively low level of crime in Maulden.

“I understand the police have said there were only two or three burglaries but we have heard there were more.

“We wanted to, as a village, come together as a community and see what we can do.”

Following the meeting enough people volunteered to launch a new Streetwatch scheme for the village, which is a community-led initiative that see civilians patrol the streets.

Victims of the burglaries also spoke out at the meeting about their experiences.

Sgt Clare Thomas of the Ampthill and Flitwick Local Policing Team said she is working with the village to help set up a Streetwatch scheme.

She said: “Crime rates in Maulden remain relatively low compared to the rest of the county but it is important that any criminality is reported to Bedfordshire Police on the 101 number.

To be involved with Streetwatch call police on 101.