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Teenager sentenced to seven years over burglary and assault with candle holder.

A teenager has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a burglary in Witham, Essex where he assaulted a man with a candle holder.

The 17 year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into the home of a man in his 30s in the early hours of May 7.

He was disturbed by the victim and a struggle broke out when he tried to flee. The boy bit the victim and hit him repeatedly over the head with a metal candle holder, leaving him with deep cuts to his head.

The teenager was convicted of GBH with intent and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court.

“Using such a level of violence on a whim is really concerning. I want to praise the courage of the victim throughout the investigation and court process. I hope this sentence provides him with some solace.”

– Detective Constable Greg Najdan

Police release CCTV images after burglars carried out a "brutal" attack on elderly man in Luton

Police are urging people to come forward with information. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of people they want to identify in connection with a "brutal assault" during burglary in Luton. The incident left an elderly man with a fractured spine, fractured ribs and cuts and bruises.

He was set upon by two men after he disturbed them at his home on Ashburnham Road during the early hours of August 10. After searching the house the assailants fled empty handed.

The elderly man sustained a number of injuries Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“This was an incredibly nasty assault which left an elderly man injured and, not surprisingly, extremely shaken. We’re looking for people to help us identify two men in the CCTV footage we are issuing, who we believe may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Jason Wheeler


More than £10,000 worth of goods stolen in burglary

Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was broken into in Gazeley and a car and thousands of pounds worth of sound system equipment were stolen.

The incident occurred between 2pm Saturday 29 June and 3.30pm Sunday 30 June at an address in Needham Street.

A window was forced to gain entry and numerous items were stolen from inside including in excess of £8,000 worth of sound system equipment.

A blue Mini Cooper was stolen off the drive, but later recovered at around 8pm on Sunday 30 June in Ash Court, Red Lodge.

Anyone with information relating to the burglary or who believes they may have seen the stolen car, is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Bus ads to help beat burglary

Bedfordshire Police bus advert Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“Burglars beware” says Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer as the public and Bedfordshire Police unite to cut crime across the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins with ACC Andrew Richer Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Adverts telling the public ‘You lock up. We lock’em up’ are now travelling the roads of Bedfordshire to ensure everyone knows burglary is falling but that we must pull together to keep it that way.

The images of a locked door handle and handcuffs combined with the fact that burglary offences have fallen by 18% have been on show across the bus network since April 1, and are designed to remind people to lock up and look after the things they care about.

An increase in enforcement activity aimed at burglars across the county is also currently underway with those who consider buying or handling stolen goods also being targeted.


MP calls for crackdown on burglary

The Conservative MP for Kettering Peter Hollobone has called on the authorities to collect data on repeat burglary offenders to help crackdown on the crime.

In 2011/12 there was 227 convictions for burglary in Northamptonshire which was a conviction rate of 89%.

Mr Hollobone was questioning the Solicitor General Oliver Heald in the House of Commons.

He asked:

"How many successful prosecutions were carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service for burglary in Northamptonshire in the latest year for which figures are available where the defendant had (a) previously been convicted for at least one other criminal offence and (b) no previous convictions."

Suffolk Police warn of 'distraction burglaries'

Suffolk Police are warning residents to be extra careful after several burglaries happened in the county yesterday.

In the incidents the offenders - who were working in pairs - knocked on doors and distracted homeowners. Then then entered the properties and were either disturbed or stole items or cash.

Suffolk Police have now issued guidelines to make sure people do not become the victim of a distraction burglary.

LOCK – Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home.

STOP – Before you answer the door, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Look through the spy-hole or the window to see who it is.

CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.

CHECK – Check their details and identity before you let them into your home. If it is someone claiming to be an official, ask for their identity card.

Police appeal following burglary

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Essex. It happened shortly after 2.30pm on New Year's Eve in Harlow. The thieves forced open the front door of a house on Pear Tree Mead and stole cash and jewellery worth a four-figure sum. They are described as white and of slim build.

We’re looking to identify three boys who had been acting suspiciously in the area at the time and who could either be key witnesses or suspects for this burglary.

– DC Kirsty Swan, Investigating Officer

One is described as around 5ft 10ins tall with dark hair in a tidy style, very short at the sides, longer on top and brushed back. Thought to be in his late teens, he was wearing a black body-warmer and light-blue trousers turned up at the bottom. He had been seen knocking on a door on the road.

The second boy is approximately 5ft 6ins tall, has mousy brown or ginger hair, was wearing a light top and is aged in his early teens. The third boy is approximately 5ft 11ins tall and was wearing a grey hoodie. A forensic examination was carried out, with house-to-house enquiries also completed.

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