A knife-wielding thief, with a history of serious offences, who robbed a jewellery store in Tonbridge with a knife - has today been given a life sentence. But he'll only serve a minimum of five years before he's eligible for parole on licence.
Peter Sanderson from Maidstone was caught after his car was tracked by CCTV. David Johns reports from Maidstone Crown Court, speaking with Det Con Tony Hatcher of Kent Police.
Police in Camberley are urging householders to step up their home security following a number of burglaries in the Watchetts and St Michaels area of Camberley where gold has been stolen.
I want to make residents aware of these recent burglaries and to urge homeowners to take steps now to improve their home security. Asian jewellery is being targeted for the gold which tends to be of a higher purity and therefore has a higher resale value.
– Detective Constable Richard Pegden
If anyone has any information about these burglaries or saw anything suspicious please call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140011544.
Two men are wanted in connection with the theft of a necklace from a jewellers in Peacehaven. The two distracted an assistant and took the £495 necklance from a shop on South Coast Road earlier this week. It is thought the men might be Turkish.
A Reading-based pawnbroker has revealed that a high street "gold rush" as households look to raise cash by selling jewellery has slowed sharply.
Albemarle & Bond, which has around 169 stores and 38 gold-buying "pop-up" shops, said it was too early to determine whether the "marked slowdown" in its gold buying operation reflected recent wet weather or was part of a developing trend.
Growth in the value of gold bought by the company has slowed from over 50% in the first half of its financial year to mid single digits in the last eight weeks. With the market price of gold falling, Albemarle said profits for the year will increase at a rate below current market forecasts.