POLICE arrested a man in the early hours of this morning following a burglary in the Powick area.

At 2.30am today, police received a call from a property in Bastonford, off the A449 between Powick and Newland, because the residents believed someone was breaking in.

The noise from someone smashing a window woke the homeowners and they disturbed the offender, who ran off.

Officers from Malvern and Worcester rushed to the scene and at 3am a car patrolling the A449 spotted a man in his 20s walking along the road near Powick Primary School, about a mile from Bastonford. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently in custody at Worcester Police Station being questioned by detectives.

A police dog was sent to the crime scene and was able to follow a track from the property across fields to the spot on the A449 where the man was arrested.

PC Nicola Burgess said: “I would like to appeal for the public’s help and ask any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity along the A449 early this morning to contact us.

“The person who attempted to burgle the house was seen by the residents making off on foot, but the property is fairly remote and we are looking into how the offender travelled out to it.

“If anyone saw any suspicious vehicles in the area or saw someone riding a bike, even though it was snowing heavily at the time, please get in touch.”

PC Burgess can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote the reference number 32s 11/02/12.