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£49k worth of jewellery stolen in burglary

Hampshire Police are appealing for information after £49,000 worth of jewellery was taken during a break-in at a Farnborough home.

The items were taken from a house in Cedar Road between the 14th to 17th February in two safes.

The discarded safes were later found smashed open off Hawley Lane on the 21st February.

A unique engraved parachute regiment was amongst the items stolen, as well as several Rolex and Tag Heuer watches and diamond rings.

Aldershot Police would like to hear from anyone who has been offered a large amount of jewellery or the distinctive watch for sale.

Pensioner's home burgled in Southampton

Police are investigating a burglary at the home of an 88-year-old woman in Southampton on Wednesday, February 19. Between 2pm and 4pm her home on Carlton Road was broken into through the back door.

Electrical items and a handbag were taken. The pensioner was at home at the time but did not notice anything suspicious.

The items taken were:A black Xbox one which belongs to the victim’s grandson who lives with her.A white Apple Macbook laptop.A ladies black leather handbag containing purse and cash.A mens brown leather wallet


Burglary at St Michaels church in Farnborough

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in Hampshire in which 3 altar cards, used in Mass, were taken.

Thieves stole the cards from St Michaels Abbey in Farnborough sometime between Sunday 16th February and the following Thursday.

One of the cards is A3 in size whilst the others are smaller.

Detective Constable Tim Faltermeyer who is investigating the incident said, "The cards are unique and irreplaceable. I would ask anyone who has been offered these for sale, or who knows where they are to contact us."

One of the altar cards that has been taken Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

7 years in prison for burglar who stole from pensioners

A serial burglar who tricked his way into the homes of pensioners in three different parts of Sussex in one day has been jailed for 7 years.

Patrick Doyle, who is 45-years-old and from London, targeted homes in Crawley, Brighton and Eastbourne last November.

Hundreds of pounds in cash and jewellery was taken from the homes of the pensioners.

Doyle was only caught after officers linked a footprint at one of the homes and a vehicle seen near each of the victims' homes to him.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary at Lewes Crown Court.

Because he had previous convictions for burglary, the court jailed him for 7 years under the third strike rule.

He was also ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge.

Patrick Doyle has been jailed for 7 years after being found guilty for a string of burglaries Credit: Sussex Police

Police investigate spate of burglaries

Police in Dorset are investigating a spate of burglaries.

Two burglaries and an attempted burglary occurred between 6pm on February 13 and 6pm on February 14 in West Parley.

Offenders broke into a workshop and smashed a window of a garage on Christchurch Road.

A shed was also broken into on New Road. Various items were stolen which included tools, petrol, a go kart and three guitars.

Acting Inspector Nikki Loftus, of Ferndown police, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or has been offered items for sale for unusually low prices or in suspicious circumstances."

Man jailed for burglary

A man has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for burglaries in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Andrew Merkett, aged 30, of Bulkeley Avenue, Windsor, was sentenced for two burglary offences.

Andrew Merkett has been sentenced to three years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

The burglary in Berkshire occurred in Hatchgate Lane, Cockpole Green, on 12 August last year.

Merkett used garden tools to gain entry to the property, before activating an alarm and fleeing the scene.

Meanwhile, the burglary in Oxfordshire happened in Idbury on 23 August 2013.

Merkett again used garden tools to gain entry to the building and stole approximately £5,000 worth of jewellery, which had great sentimental value to the owner.


Burglary in Bournemouth

Officers in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses after a burglary in Southbourne. The burglary happened some time overnight on Thursday 6th February at premises on Broadway.

The offenders forced entry into the rear of the property and stole a number of unique items while the occupants were out. The items stolen include a silver tea service inscribed from the Mayor and Corporation of Abingdon to the victim’s mother and thirty year old navy Crown Derby china.

It was distressing for the victims to return home to find their house had been burgled. I would urge anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area to come forward as soon as possible. I would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered such items or similar for sale in strange circumstances or for an unusually low price. Anyone with information that can assist the investigation is asked to contact the police in confidence.”

– Detective Constable Richard Saunders, of Bournemouth CID

Bows and arrows stolen in Sussex burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary where bows and arrows were stolen from a property in Potmans Lane, Catsfield, Battle.

Two bows and two sets of arrows were the only items stolen.

Bow and arrows stolen from a house in Battle Credit: Sussex Police

The bows are very distinct in appearance, one bow had a red body with white limbs and the other bow had a blue body with white limbs. The blue bow is a left handed one which makes it more unusual.

There was a set of 10 arrows with orange and blue fletchings and a set of ten arrows with red and white fletchings which were also stolen.

Police believe grandfather was burgled while at granddaughter's funeral

Police are appealing for help after a burglary at an address in Victoria Road, Sandown sometime between Tuesday, January 21 and Sunday, January 26.

A number of items were taken in the burglary including a brown metal cash tin with ‘Dad’ printed on it containing £300-£500 in pound coins, a gold sovereign ring, and a plain gold wedding band.

The occupant of the property, a 60-year-old man, is the grandfather of 14-year-old Kiri Jade Hodgekinson who died very recently in a road traffic collision on the Isle of Wight. It is believed that this burglary may have happened on the day of Kiri's funeral as people had access to the address to use facilities and offer condolences. The cash tin in particular is fairly distinctive and would have been quite heavy. If anyone is aware of someone recently coming into possession of items matching this description please contact us.”

– Det Con Katy Lee

Family threatened with a knife during burglary in Southampton

Detectives in Southampton are investigating an aggravated burglary at an address in Millbrook at approximately 10pm on Tuesday January 14 2014.

The occupants of the house in Windermere Avenue opened the door and two males forced their way in. They then threatened the two parents: a 46 year old man and a 56 year old woman along with their 14 year old son, with a knife.

The men stole a safe containing a significant amount of cash and left the address.

The offenders also took two HP laptops during the burglary.

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