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South End Green targeted by thieves

PUBLISHED: 14:29 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010

SOUTH End Green has been hit by a series of break-ins over Christmas. Cafes, restaurants and other businesses in South End Road were targeted by burglars smashing their way to steal cash. Le Pain Quotidien and Dominique s were among those raided – both ta

SOUTH End Green has been hit by a series of break-ins over Christmas.

Cafes, restaurants and other businesses in South End Road were targeted by burglars smashing their way to steal cash.

Le Pain Quotidien and Dominique's were among those raided - both targeted overnight between December 23 and 24.

Hampstead Heath station has also been targeted this week by thieves looking for cash.

"This spate of offences occurred over the festive period when many of the premises were vulnerable due to being closed for a number of days," said Det Sgt Barry Loader, of Camden police's burglary squad. "Mostly till floats and petty cash were stolen.

"I would like to remind business managers and owners to review their security practices on a regular basis.

"In addition to the physical security of the building, encrypting and backing up valuable computer data should be conducted regularly."

In a separate incident, British Transport Police were called to the overland station in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a ticket machine had been broken into.

A spokesman said: "We take offences of this nature extremely seriously and an investigation has been launched to tackle the matter.

"We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry including forensic and CCTV analysis and we would urge anyone with information to come forward."

Anyone with information on the station raid should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 8 of 6/1/9. Witnesses to the business raids should call police on 020-7404 1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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