A man has been jailed for 16 months after a neighbour spotted him trying to flee a break-in in Chatham. Satnam Bal, formerly of Rochester Street, Chatham, had used a rock to smash a conservatory window of a property on 29 June.
He fled empty handed after the victim, who had been in a greenhouse in her back garden, approached the house to investigate the sound of breaking glass.
Whilst we do not encourage residents to approach anyone who could be engaged in criminal activity, we would like to thank members of the public for their vigilance, which in this instance has led to a conviction and taken another burglar of our streets. Don’t assume if you are in a garden, or working outside that your home is safe. It takes seconds for an intruder to break into a house, but by taking just a few steps, such as making sure gates and windows are secure, residents can reduce the risk of crime, as well as the chances of being a victim of crime."
A burglar who head-butted a homeowner after being confronted has been jailed for four years.
Daniel Hedgeley who is aged 20 and of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to burglary with violence.
At around 8.30pm on April 16, the owner of the house returned from the garden to find the back door open and a light on upstairs.
He went upstairs and challenged Hedgeley who then head-butted him and grabbed him by the throat.
Hedgeley was sentenced to four years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday June, 20.
To be burgled is upsetting enough, but to catch the offender in the act, and then be assaulted is a terrible thing to happen to someone. Fortunately, Hedgeley met his match in the homeowner, who bravely overpowered him and detained him until officers arrived to arrest him. This was a nasty incident and it is very pleased to see Hedgeley being sent to prison."
A man from Kent who trapped an intruder trying to get into his home, has condemned the police for releasing the man without charge. Tim Ferris found the intruder in his porch and claims the police didn't turn up until half an hour later. David Johns reports
A burglar from Kent's been jailed after his DNA was found on a cigarette. Michael Barnes, from Snodland, was sent down for 3½ years. The home-owners were not smokers at the last house he burgled, so when the butt was found there, Kent police had key evidence.