CITY detectives travelled out of the county to help arrest a man wanted for burglaries in Worcester and Malvern.

The suspect, who was 17 at the time of the alleged burglaries, has now been charged with burglaries in Kent and is still under investigation for other break-ins, including in Worcester. 

He has been bailed in connection with other burglaries in the West Mercia Police area, including in Worcester, Malvern and Hereford.

Detectives are still investigating any links to a house burglary at St Dunstan's Crescent in Battenhall in Worcester on November 22 last year when a Kia Sportage was stolen.

Other burglaries under investigation include ones in Walnut Drive where jewellery was stolen and Hinton Road in Hereford on November 17 last year and another raid, also on November 17, in Queen Elizabeth Road in Malvern.

He has also been charged with allowing himself to be carried/taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.

So far he has only been charged with two home burglaries in Kent and Surrey on November 11 into November 12 last year and two thefts of a motor vehicle.  Those alleged burglaries took place in Shoreham in Kent and Reigate in Surrey.

DI Dave Knight of Proactive CID based at Worcester Police Station in Castle Street said: "This shows that our officers will travel outside of county boundaries to look for suspected burglars and bring offenders to justice."

DI Knight has previously spoken about how tackling burglary is one of West Mercia Police's top priorities and of the devastation this sort of crime causes as well as offering preventative advice, including the use of timer lights. 

In February we reported on an unrelated case when DC Simon Lloyd, based at Worcester Police Station, joined the National Police Air Service, hoping to catch the suspect who was wanted for two burglaries in Worcester in October last year.

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The suspect had also been wanted for four years for offences in Thames Valley Police force area.

In the joint operation with Thames Valley Police, DI Lloyd of South Worcestershire's proactive burglary team, joined the NPAS in his first trip in a police helicopter (or any helicopter for that matter).

He travelled to Wokingham in Berkshire by air to trace the suspect, identifying him from 210ft above the ground.

The advice from West Mercia Police is to call 999 in the event of a suspected burglary so the correct resources can be deployed as quickly as possible.