Police hunt for Barrie Williamson over burglaries

Wanted - Barrie Williamson.
Wanted - Barrie Williamson.

EASTBOURNE detectives are hoping a BBC Crimewatch appeal will help catch a man wanted for string of burglaries nationwide.

Forty-eight-year old Barrie Gordon Williamson was born in Newcastle but has links to Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Lancashire, Kent, Hampshire and Sussex.

He regularly uses the names Chris Williamson, Chris Woodall and Paul Hutchinson.

Williamson is white, about 5ft 7in tall, stocky, and speaks with a north-east accent.

He targets homes during the daytime and is believed to use public transport.

Williamson targets jewellery, and he has also been known to ingratiate himself with elderly or vulnerable people in order to stay at their premises and then steal from them.

Detective Sergeant David Osland of Sussex CID said, “In Sussex we want to interview Williamson about at least seven burglaries, in Worthing, Lancing, Brighton, Hove, Seaford and Eastbourne, and there are several others which may be linked to him in the same areas, all in the last three months of 2011.

“Officers in Dorset, Kent, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire also want to talk to him about burglaries in those areas.

“We are working with those forces and others across the country to track him down and hope the Crimewatch appeal will bring forward information.

“Viewers can respond via the Crimewatch numbers and website, but you can also call us via 101 quoting serial 0878 of 28/9/11, or you can call independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.”