Burglar attempts break-in at Shropshire policeman's home

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Image caption Supt Tom Harding says crimes like this affect everyone "no matter whose house it is"

A burglar was disturbed as he tried to break into the home of a police officer.

Supt Tom Harding, of West Mercia Police, spotted the man from his window. He then drove around for an hour and a half trying to find him.

The incident was caught on CCTV and was one of a number of attempted break-ins around the Telford area on Wednesday night.

The man is thought to have been checking for unlocked doors.

Supt Harding said he watched the potential thief leave after being disturbed by a security light.

"The thought of someone invading your private property and private space is really disturbing," he said.

He has urged people to secure their houses no matter the time of day, and to property mark expensive goods so they can be recovered.

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