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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


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


Lewis Jury pleaded guilty on first day of trial

A man from Reading was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Friday for conspiracy to burgle and possession of counterfeit currency. 21 year-old Lewis Jury of Lower Field Road pleaded guilty to the offences on the first day of the trial hearing at Reading Crown Court.

He is the last defendant to be sentenced as part of Operation Eider – which investigated a gang who committed more than 45 burglaries of businesses and homes. The majority of the offences took place between 31 May 2012 and 17 July 2012.

The gang were described as "forensically and phone aware", as they wore latex gloves and smaller-sized shoes when committing the burglaries to avoid being forensically linked to any scenes.

The sentencing of Lewis Jury concludes a long and complex investigation. Jury was part of a gang of so-called professional burglars, who chose to make their living through stealing from other people and from local businesses. They caused huge amounts of damage and threatened people's livelihoods.

– Det Con Maggie Bruce, Reading police station

Fishing equipment stolen in Seaford

Hundreds of pounds worth of fishing equipment has been stolen from a shed in Seaford.

Between 5.30pm on Thursday and 5.15pm on Friday the padlock of a shed in Ringmer Road was forced open and a large quantity of carp and sea fishing equipment was taken.

This included three Shimano rods and reels as well as a quantity of other carp fishing equipment including Delkim bait alarms.

Also stolen were two Daiwa Sandstorm sea fishing rods as well as two Abu Ambassadeur reels, seats, landing nets and tackle boxes.

The total value of the items taken is thought to have been about £1800.

We're keen to speak to anyone who might have seen or heard people interfering with the shed or getting inside it. We'd also like to speak to anyone who is offered the chance to buy any of the stolen equipment."

– Sergeant Stuart Mullins

Valuable clock stolen in burglary

Kent Police are asking for the public’s help in tracing an antique clock, reported stolen during a house burglary in Broadstairs last month.

An 83 year-old from Masons Rise contacted police to report that she woke up on the morning of 1 February and found two clocks missing from her living room.

Police are asking for help in tracing this antique clock stolen in Kent Credit: Kent Police

DC Brian Doughty, who is investigating the burglary, said: ‘The larger of the two clocks is a unique item which was commissioned by the victim’s family some years ago. It has a continental mechanism and is believed to be styled on Strasbourg Cathedral.

‘It is made of gilt metal and is approximately 2ft tall. It had a glass case over the clock and a chiming mechanism in the wooden base, but the intruders have left both the case and the chiming mechanism behind.

‘The clock has been passed down through the family over many years and as such carries a lot of sentimental value.’

Officers have carried out house to house enquiries in the area and followed a number of potential leads but are yet to make any arrests and the clock has not yet been traced.

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