Who was behind this bogus burglar alert?

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A message of reassurance has been issued by police after posters warning of a dangerous man and house break-ins were posted in Boxmoor.

The signs – claiming to be official police posters – appeared over the weekend.

They said there had been a number of burglaries committed by an ‘extremely dangerous man’.

The poster included a description and sketch of the alleged crook.

Dacorum Det Insp Justine Jenkins said: “I would like to reassure people that there is no factual basis to this information. There has not been a spate of burglary in Boxmoor in recent weeks and we have had no reports of a man acting suspiciously.

“This may have been created by a well-meaning resident, who has been misinformed, or it could have been created as a spoof, but they have created unnecessary concern in the area. The posters have now been removed.”

There were a spate of break-ins back in January but these stopped when police arrested Nelson Loveridge, 22, of Honeycross Road, Hemel Hempstead. He was recently jailed for four years after admitting 23 burglaries.