Two cousins from Walsall have been jailed after a string of break-ins between Cheltenham and Cheshire.
Scott and David Simkiss burgled a house together in Chester Road, Brownhills, on 7 October after throwing a brick through a glass door pane.
They teamed up again the next day to steal computer equipment and jewellery from a house in Old Road, Rugeley, after climbing in through an open first floor window.
But the two men also split up to commit separate burglaries in Rugeley, Cheltenham, Crewe and Nantwich.
They were arrested in October and both pleaded guilty to a total of seven counts of burglary at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Scott Simkiss, 31, of West Street in Walsall, was jailed for 40 months for three burglaries and David Simkiss, 30, of Dora Street in the town, got a 30-month sentence for two burglaries.
“Both were prepared to travel fairly long distances to commit offences…their thinking being that by crossing police borders it would be harder to track them or link offences.
“However, we worked closely with colleagues in Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and Cheshire Police to identify a pattern of offending and were able to link them to the Simkisses. They were left with little option but to admit the burglaries."
An 18-year-old man has been released on bail after being questioned over the death of a man who died in a suspected hit and run in Rugeley.
Joseph Hunt was found with serious injuries on Saturday morning at the junction of Western Springs Road and Church Street.
His family say Joe was a much loved son and brother, who was known by many people and loved by all.
The family of a 22-year-old who died yesterday following a suspected hit-and-run in Western Springs Road, Rugeley, have paid tribute to him.
Although Joseph Hunt has not yet been formally identified, his family have released a statement saying:
The family would like to say Joe was a much loved son and brother, who was known by many people and loved by all."
Flowers have been left at the roadside where a 22-year-old man died in s suspected hit & run in Rugeley in Staffordshire, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The man was found by passers by at around 2:30am at the junction of Western Springs Road and Church Street.
Police have arrested an 18-year-old man, who is being questioned in connection with the incident.
Police have arrested a man after a 22-year-old died after sustaining serious head injuries in Rugeley.
Officers were called to a footpath on Western Springs Road, at its junction with Church Street, in the early hours of this morning after members of the public found the injured man.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services to save the man he was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. He has yet to be formally identified.
Man arrested in connection with this morning's incident in Western Springs Road, Rugeley. investigation ongoing. http://t.co/R537HcwsX0
In the last hour Cannock police has tweeted they have a man in custody.
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There is a long term downward trend in potato sales - now we can choose from pasta, rice, even quinoa - and then there are concerns about carbs - so farmers in the Midlands are turning to tech when the chips are down. Hannah Stokes explains.
Police searching for a man from Rugeley, who's been missing for six months, say they've found pieces of bone at a site in Staffordshire.
Stephen Greatrix, who's 45, was last seen at his home in April. Police say they also found his bag and an item of his clothing in a field off Slitting Mill Road. The bone will now undergo specialist examiniation.
A 34-year-old man from Rugeley in Staffordshire has been arrested after a police officer was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon.Read the full story ›
A police officer has been injured after he was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday evening.
The officer, who is believed to be from Cannock, is being treated at a trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested.
A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested after a police officer was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday.
"This is a distressing incident whereby one of my officers has been injured whilst protecting members of the public.
Whilst we are fortunate that incidents like this are very rare, it is a prudent reminder of the danger that officers face daily in their lawful duty to protect members of our communities. The Sergeant has done what the public would expect without hesitation, he should be commended for carrying out his duty in this way.
My thoughts are currently with the officer and his family hoping that the injury is not permanent. We are currently supporting his family and we are all hoping that he is able to make a swift recovery.
The incident is now being investigated by detectives and we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this matter. The local policing team and I will be supporting and reassuring the community as a result of the incident."