Cold snap puts the big freeze on crime

THE cold snap has seen crime cool down in Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton. Biggleswade community inspector John Maries believes the chill has kept the criminals indoors. A whole range of crime has declined from shoplifting to car theft and even anti-social

THE cold snap has seen crime cool down in Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton.

Biggleswade community inspector John Maries believes the chill has kept the criminals indoors.

A whole range of crime has declined from shoplifting to car theft and even anti-social behaviour on the streets in all three towns. After months that had seen continuous rises in many areas of crime, Insp Maries is convinced it has been too cold for the criminal to venture out.

"It has been very quiet here in recent weeks and I am putting that down to the cold weather. There is no other explanation," he said.

"Since it has been colder the crime figures across our region have fallen."

Police are still looking for two men who attacked a commuter in the town two weeks ago. The man had fallen asleep on a train and missed his station at Welwyn Garden City. After getting off at Biggleswade he went into the nearby White Hart pub where he bought a round of drinks for a group of mystery men.

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He was later found in the street having been knocked unconscious in an alleyway at the side of the pub.

He suffered a smashed eye socket and broken nose and also had his wallet containing £740 stolen.

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