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E-fit of suspect who broke into home with knife & spade

Police have released this e-fit of a suspect after an aggravated burglary in Southampton Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released this e-fit of a man after an aggravated burglary in Southampton.

The suspect, along with two others, broke into a house on Thackery Road in Portswood armed with a knife and spade.

They demanded money from the woman inside, who was looking after her seven-year-old son at the time.

One of the suspects was wearing a gas mask and the other had his hood covering most of his face.

As they were all leaving the property, one of the suspects hit the woman on the arm with the spade.

She was not seriously injured and nothing was taken.

The man police would like to speak to has been described as white, in his late teens and of slim build.

He has ginger hair and was wearing a grey/khaki beanie hat with a blue Nike tick, along with a bright blue puffa style gillet, a long sleeved black t-shirt, dark jeans and Nike trainers.

Anyone with information should contact DC David Wheeler at Bittern police station on 101.

War medals stolen during Kent burglary

Police are appealing for information to find two war medals stolen in Mereworth Credit: Kent Police

Two war medals were stolen as part of a burglary in Kent.

The items were stolen on Tuesday 15th April where burglars smashed a patio door at an address in Horns Lane before stealing cash and possessions, including two medals awarded to the victim's great-grandfather.

War medals were stolen during a Kent burglary Credit: Kent Police

The break-in is thought to have happened between 11.30am and 5.30pm when the offenders helped themselves to a silver tankard and around £100 in cash and an Xbox games console.

Police constable Michelle Marshall said: "These medals have stayed in the family for almost 100 years and are of huge sentimental value to Mr Kendall’s great grandson who has only recently taken ownership of them.

"This is a despicable crime and we are working hard to find those responsible and to recover what are precious and irreplaceable items to this family."

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Burglars abandon stolen goods in police chase

Two burglars who stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes from a Kent newsagents have been sentenced today.

Stan Charlie Abbey, 29, of Priestfield Road in Gillingham and Ian David Thomas, 35, of Wordsworth Way in Dartford.

Three men smashed their way into the West Malling shop at 12.40am in a silver Saab estate. Thomas and Abbey threw a paving slab at the window and stole more than £5,000 worth of cigarettes.

On the way out they also helped themselves to nearly £100 worth of sweets and food.

At junction 3 of the M2 they were spotted by a police car which chased them until Taddington Wood Lane.

A short time later, officers saw a man in a wooded area where he was arrested and identified as Ian Thomas.

Nearby the officers found the abandoned Saab with a boot full of cigarettes and the car was reported to have been stolen from London.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Jon Faulkner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:

"They were brought down by their own stupidity and by the hard work of my investigation team.

"They left fingerprints all over the Saab, almost got stuck trying to squeeze their haul through the shattered window of Martins Newsagents and accrued parking fines outside one of their home addresses for a stolen car."

Man charged with burglary

A man has been charged following a report of a burglary at a newsagent in Maidstone.

The offence was reported to have occurred between 20 and 21 April in The Broadway.

On 21 April 30 year-old Nicholas Gibbs, of The Broadway in Maidstone, was arrested and later charged with burglary other than dwelling.

Having been charged, Gibbs was released on bail and will appear before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 12 May.

Four men jailed for string of cigarette burglaries

Four men have been jailed for a total of 15 and a half years after pleading guilty at Winchester Crown Court.

The men were sentenced for conspiracy to burgle after a series of cigarette breaks in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Hertfordshire.

Luke Oliver, 31, from West Drayton was sentenced for five years;

Jason Noakes, 33, from Slough was sentenced for five years;

Kirk Morgans, 31, from Slough was sentenced to three and a half years;

Michael Green, 23, from Slough was sentenced to two years.

These men travelled around South East England committing high value burglaries at convenience stores and garages causing disruption to local businesses. During the investigation we executed a number of warrants, trawled hours of CCTV, collaborated with other forces and made use of forensic technology in order to help us solve the case and bring these men to justice.”

– Constable Robert Muir, from Aldershot CID

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Hampshire jewellers burgled overnight

A jewellers in Hampshire had its window smashed and display items stolen in a burglary overnight.

The Breaverbrooks jewellers in Whiteley shopping centre was burgled between 12.20am and 1am on Monday 14th April.

The window was smashed using heavy duty tools and a number of Tag Heuer watches to be removed from the display.

A Mercedes estate car was used during a burglary but it is believed to have been stolen.

This crime appears to have been carried out in a professional but blatant manner. I am urgently seeking information from people who may have seen the vehicle leaving the area at speed or may have been offered stolen items for sale.”

– PC Martin Campbell, Hampshire Police

Hampshire riding school burglary

A £12k car and specialist horse equipment has been stolen from a farm in East Hampshire.

Hampshire Police are looking into the burglary which took place between 9pm and 6.45am on Tuesday 1st April at Hewshott Farm.

The burglar is thought to have climbed through a window of the stables, between Liphook and Haslemere, where they removed keys to open storage containers full of equipment.

A John Deere HPX Gator 4x4 car worth £12,000 and a vast amount of horse tack was taken.

More than 28 leather saddles, from £300 to £3,000 were also taken, as the burglars used the stolen vehicle to transport the equipment across the fields towards the A3.

If anyone saw or heard anything at the farm or saw any vehicles on the A3 transporting the 4x4 vehicle and the tack please get in touch. The farm is in a rural location and the offender(s) have selected only the higher valued saddles and other items. This is detrimental to the riding school business as well as all the other riders at the stables who have had property stolen."

– Sarah Newman, WPC at Hampshire Police

Burglary in Southampton

Police investigating a burglary in Southampton are appealing for information about some distinctive items that were stolen. On Wednesday March 12, a flat in Lumsden Mansions, Shirley Road was broken into.

A number of extremely distinctive items were taken:

  • a jade buddha approximately 12 inches tall
  • several Chinese paintings
  • five ivory bracelets (including two with unqiue Chinese decoration),
  • a brass lion statue
  • a Chinese sword
  • an ivory jewelley box
  • a set of silver 25 piece cutlery,
  • one silver tea pot
  • two ivory statues
  • other several Chinese jade and stones decoration

DC Kate Gillingham who is investigating said: “These items are unique and have been collected by the family over a number of years. We’d like to hear from you if you have been offered any of these items for sale, or have seen them for sale anywhere. “

Thousands of pounds worth of power tools stolen

Police are appealing for information after a compound was broken into on Kitnocks Hill, Curdridge between 10pm on Sunday, March 23 and 10am on Monday, March 24. Entry was gained to a container on site and the following items were stolen from inside:

  • Approximately five whacker plates/trenchfoot
  • compactors worth approximately £900 each
  • Five water pumps worth approximately £250 each
  • Floor saw worth approximately £1000
  • Three laser levels worth approximately £300
  • Four gas detectors worth approximately £75
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