Spate of crimes rock Kate Middleton's home village: Royal Wedding blamed for bringing it under spotlight
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Spate of crimes rock Kate Middleton's home village: Royal Wedding blamed for bringing it under spotlight

London : United Kingdom | Feb 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM PST
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The Royal Wedding: Bucklebury celebrates royal marriage

Report By: Nina Rai

Berkshire, 19 Feb, 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge’s home town has been a quaint sleepy village with its exquisite old worldly churches, chestnut tress and traditional mills with very little drama going around. But now the spotlight has shifted over it powerfully, but in a negative manner.

The once pleasant parish of Bucklebury has recently been rocked by a spate of crimes, including vandalism, arson in the form of destruction of caravan and robbery of jewels. All of this has been indirectly blamed on the non-controversial Kate Middleton, ironically.

According to the locals, the national spotlight on their quiet Berkshire village when one of their celebrated members Kate Middleton married Britain’s most eligible bachelor Prince William, has now attracted criminals who are out to rob and destroy the place.

Meanwhile to take stock of the situation, a crisis meeting was called by Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Brian Ward (70) in the village on Friday Feb 17, 2012. Speaking to a gathering there Ward said that police had told him that their village Bucklebury is now the number one crime sport in West Berkshire.

He went on to say ‘The Royal Wedding has made a lot of people aware of Bucklebury and thieves might be saying, “Why don’t we go and rob the people there?” According to him, their village is a prime spot for skilled robbers due to “the numerous exits and rich pickings on offer when they get here.’

Bucklebury has a tiny population of 2,066. In the past one month alone around twelve crimes have been committed there, which is twice as many as in the last couple of years combined. There was the case of vandals smashing the car windows of the immediate neighbors of the Middleton family. In another instance eight gas cylinders were detonated inside a caravan causing a massive explosion, in what was surmised as being an attempt to destroy evidence by arsonists.

Then there were incidents of burglaries with jewellery, an iPad and games consoles being flicked. Then there was a mystery chicken rustler who rustled off three chickens from a hen run. Next the window panes of four houses were broken down and this included Ward’s ancient former post office. Moreover, even the car belonging to Jules Gadsby, the vicar is said to have been vandalized.

Against this backdrop of crimes in Bucklebury, police patrols have been set up to patrol the region on a daily basis. Moreover, even the residents are contemplating installing of CCTV cameras and also distributing pencils and notepads to locals, so that any suspicious activity can be jotted down.

Coming Friday Kate Middleton will be returning to the village to spend time with her family in her husband Prince William’s absence, due to tour duty in Falklands. Naturally she will be accompanied by four armed police officers, which should most likely act as a deterrent for potential criminals there.

Meanwhile Thames Valley Police – Inspector PJ Binns to restore confidence in the locals, said ‘The disparate amount of crime in the Bucklebury area in the past six weeks has been identified and plans put in place to prevent further crime, catch the offenders and reassure local residents.’

Source: Daily Mail

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Residents in Bucklebury, Berkshire, where Catherine Middleton was brought up, had turned out in large numbers to watch the royal wedding. Now the same village in the news for a spate of crimes in Feb 2012.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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