Spate of burglaries in Milton Keynes' Indian community linked to Northampton criminals
A series of burglaries in Milton Keynes' Indian community has been linked to organised crime in Northampton.
In just one month there were eight burglaries of Indian households in the Tattenhoe ward of Milton Keynes alone, which brought the tally of such break-ins to 24 over the past year.
And in almost every case tens of thousands of pounds worth of Asian gold has been stolen along with ipads, laptops and cameras.Tattenhoe Councillor Edith Bald, who discussed the matter with Thames Valley Police's Superintendent Yvonne Hitch, said: "The police recognise that there is a problem with burglaries in Milton Keynes and that this is causing distress to the Indian community.
"They believe that this is organised crime and that the perpetrators are coming from outside the area from Northampton, Oxfordshire and even Essex."
Tattenhoe residents, backed by Indian councillor, Geetha Morla (pictured), went to the Safer MK Partnership Board (a council committee aimed at tackling crime) to highlight the problem.
Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart also intervened to urge the police to step up their action.
As a result, a meeting was held earlier this month between police, council officials, councillors and members of the Indian community.
Mr Stewart said: "I am really pleased that the police have promised to step up action to track down these burglars who are causing enormous distress to my residents in the Indian community.
"I will be raising my concerns with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Region, Anthony Stansfield when I meet him later this week. It is crucial to target the right amount of resource into finding these criminals."