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.
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.
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.
“Burglars beware” says Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer as the public and Bedfordshire Police unite to cut crime across the county.
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.
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.
"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 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 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.
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.
A spate of burglaries at military homes in Colchester has left some families living in fear. The parents of one soldier's wife - who's been targeted twice - say she's experiencing a 'living hell'.
Some people believe the break-ins are timed to coincide with when the soldiers are away on duty.
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