Raiders 4×4 drives at high speed across a cricket pitch during a late night police chase in Hurst
Intruders smashed gates and a fence as they rampaged around a cricket pitch and on the grounds of a mansion before fleeing, witnesses said. Wokingham today.
A member of Hurst Neighborhood Watch said, “There was a chase. The intruders’ 4×4 vehicle was speeding around the cricket ground, trying to find a way out.
“There were cries from the police to stop.”
Richard Bassett, who lives nearby, said there was a lucky escape for the mobile home resident on the grounds of the house.
“They broke into the house, luckily for [the resident] he wasn’t there, he said.
A police spokesman said: “Around 1am [May 9] Thames Valley Police have received reports of a burglary in Broadcommon Road, Hurst. Various tools were stolen from the property.
“Then at 2am we received reports of a burglary in Hinton Road, Hurst.
“Officers attended the scene and were confronted by a silver Honda CRV with no license plates. The driver did not stop and drove through a wooden fence to exit the victim’s premises. Nothing happened. was stolen from this establishment.
The cricket ground is between Broadcommon and Hinton Roads.
Mr Bassett and his wife praised the person who called the police in the chaos. It had been “saving grace”. And they are grateful to the police for arriving so quickly.
Mr Bassett said: ‘The intruders managed to break through an internal metal door. They went to a barn where there were tools and gardening equipment which they, I assume, stored in their truck.
“It looks like the truck they had couldn’t fit under the arch of the main house. They walked around and then crossed the lawn near the house.
The intruders had fled through the main entrance to his home.
The couple had heard crashing when the vehicle hit a fence. Doors were also smashed in, Mr. Bassett said. The couple’s large Maremma Italian mountain dogs were “going crazy”, barking at the uproar.
The intruders “could probably tell they weren’t Chihuahuas,” he added.
“It happened so fast that I didn’t really have time to think about it. We saw the flashes of the police as they surveyed the scene. We were told that two police cars searched the area for the truck afterwards. »
The Hurst Neighborhood Watch member said: ‘People heard the sound of crashing and saw torches there. The police were there until nearly 4am, they were excellent.
“They came with dog handlers to search the area.”
The Thames Valley Police spokesperson added: ‘We are appealing to anyone who may have video doorbell footage or information that could assist in our investigation to please contact us. You can do this by calling 101 or reporting online via the website, quoting reference 43220199303.”
Hurst Parish Councilor Paul Palmer called for CCTV at strategic locations in the village.