Phone theft gang sentenced

A gang of youths, who stormed into dozens of mobile phone shops, stealing more than £100,000 worth of handsets and tablet computers, have been sentenced.

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Dramatic phone theft CCTV footage released

For six months they got away with it - en masse, in daylight, raiding more than 40 mobile phone shops around London, in a prolonged, audacious campaign.

Today the gang was jailed and the CCTV footage of their raids was released, one showing a mother rushing to grab her young daughter as they're caught in the middle of an attack.

Ronke Phillips reports.

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Sara Lom, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks Foundation said that they were "absolutely thrilled" to be welcoming three new young pelicans.

Although the weather is somewhat colder than the birds might have been expecting, she said the frosty conditions would suit them just fine.

"Pelicans like shallow lakes and they also love really cold weather," she said.

"These great white pelicans come from Eastern Europe....so they're very used to this cold weather even if we aren't.

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Three older pelicans already living in park

There are already three older pelicans in the park: two other great white pelicans and one South American white pelican, which is distinguished by different colouring and a crest on its bill.

These three are all in their 20s, but the birds can live into their 30s.

The park's existing residents include three other pelicans. Credit: ITN
The older birds are all in their 20s. Credit: ITN
Pelicans are known to be gregarious birds. Credit: ITN
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Ronke Phillips reports from shop that was targeted

CCTV footage has been released showing a gang stealing from mobile phone shops in broad daylight.

The gang of men - some as young as 15 - are seen grabbing stock from display stands in stores across London.

Their crime spree lasted for six months.

Ronke Phillips has more from outside one of the shops that was targeted.

Police release photos of four members of 'steaming' gang

Police have released photos of four of the young men who have been sentenced.

Jahreau Shepherd was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Credit: Metropolitan Police.
Perry Hedges was sentenced to 26 months detention in a Young Offenders Institution. Credit: Metropolitan Police.
Emmanuel Kakala was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years and 80 hours community service. Credit: Metropolitan Police.
Ugo Wilson was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

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Eight young men sentenced

  • Jahreau Shepherd, 22, of Orsett Street, Lambeth, was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
  • Perry Hedges, 18, of Howard Road, Kingston, was sentenced to 26 months detention in a Young Offenders Institution.
  • Emmanuel Kakala, 18, of Cargreen Road, Croydon, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years and 80 hours community service.
  • Samuel Warnes, 20,of Egleston Road, Merton, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, and 12 months supervision.
  • Ugo Wilson, 21, of Aviation Drive, Barnet, was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.

Three teenagers under the age of 18 cannot be named for legal reasons. They have each been sentenced to between 10 and 18 months detention and training.

All eight had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

Phone theft gang sentenced

The gang were captured on CCTV snatching phones from in-store displays. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

A gang of youths, who stormed into dozens of mobile phone shops, stealing more than £100,000 worth of handsets and tablet computers, have been sentenced.

The eight young men had targeted 42 Carphone Warehouse stores across the capital on a six month crime spree last year.

They were arrested after an intelligence-led operation by the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) having stolen around £150,000 worth of stock and caused £55,000 worth of damage.

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