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Brothers jailed for conspiracy to burgle

Two brothers have been jailed for nearly ten years for conspiracy to burgle across Hampshire and Berkshire.

Scott Blundell, aged 23, was jailed for a total of 5 years and 4 months after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy, which encompassed 19 separate burglaries.

Scott Blundell has been jailed for 5 years and 4 months for conspiracy to burgle Credit: Thames Valley Police

His brother Jack, who is 21-years-old, was jailed for 4 years after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy, which encompassed 14 separate burglaries.

21-year-old Scott Blundell was jailed for 4 years Credit: Thames Valley Police

The pair were arrested as part of an operation led by Thames Valley Police following burglaries reported in Maidenhead, Aylesbury, Thame and Oxfordshire.

Burglaries were also reported in Romsey, Shirley and Basset near Southampton in Hampshire.

All burglaries were committed late at night or in the early hours of the morning. They targeted insecure front doors which had not been double locked by the occupants.

Aftermath of Weyhill garage burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary at Weyhill Texaco Garage Credit: Weyhill garage
The safe was removed from the office and opened outside of the garage. Credit: Weyhill garage
Cash, which was in the safe, was stolen and about £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was also taken. Credit: Weyhill garage


£10,000 of cigarettes & tobacco stolen from Andover

Police are trying to piece together more information after cash and around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was stolen from Weyhill Texaco Garage near Andover. Offenders made a large hole in a wall at the back of the building and then forced their way through internal walls to get the office.

They removed the safe and opened it outside of the garage. It happened between 2am and 3am on Tuesday, July 1. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Davis at Andover Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Detective Constable Alix Davis said:

“It is believed the offenders would have needed a large vehicle, maybe a 4x4, to get to the rear of the premises and also to have pulled the safe from the building.

“If you saw any large vehicles in suspicious circumstances, or have any information which could assist this investigation, please contact me as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Alix Davis

Coco and Flo the Pug dogs stolen from Reading home

Two of the three Pug dogs have been taken from the victims home in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Two Pug dogs have been stolen from a Reading home.

The victims were upstairs in their house in Foxglove Gardens on Saturday evening when the offenders entered the property.

The victims then heard a noise coming from downstairs and looked out the window to see the offenders running from the house.

It was then discovered that two of their dogs had been stolen, including an all black female Pug called Coco and a light brown female Pug call Flo.

Anyone with information should contact PC Laura Murray from Reading police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

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."


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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