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Lifer sentenced to life again

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.

Burglars target homes for gold jewellery

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.

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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.

Pictures released of bold jewellery robbery

The two men ran off to a waiting Mercedes Credit: Kent Police

Mobile phone pictures of a jewellery robbery in Kent have been released to the public.

Two men smashed the display window of Bourne and Kemp jewellers in Longfield, near Dartford and ran off to a stolen silver Mercedes.

Bespoke jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds was stolen.

One of the stolen pieces of jewellery Credit: Kent Police

Jewellery 'gold rush' slows down

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.

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