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Gang jailed for 35 years after stealing £150k from lorries

(From left to right, top row) Alfie Turner, Bradley Wilkins, Daniel Hession, (from left to right, bottom row) Kane Hill, Dean Kingston and Rick Holloway Credit: Kent Police

Members of a gang who stole goods more than £150,000 worth of goods from parked lorries across the South East have been jailed for 35 years.

The thefts took place in Kent and Essex between July and October 2014.

The gang slashed the side curtains of parked lorries during the night, before emptying the contents into one of six different vehicles they were using to commit the offences, five of which were stolen and were using false number plates.

Officers were able to trace the offenders to the scene of the crimes by coupling a vast amount of mobile phone data with information from automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Places targeted in Kent include locations in Aylesford, Blue Bell Hill, Gravesend and Snodland.

The members of the gang were sentenced to a combined 35 years and seven months. They included Kane Hill (24 years-old) of Appleby Road in Canning Town, Ashley Andrews (30) of Durham Road in Dagenham, Ryan Campion (30) of Northumberland Avenue in Hornchurch, Terence Donnelly (37) of Birch Close in Canning Town, Stephen Fry (27) of Eastbourne Road in Stratford, Daniel Hession (31) of Denny Close in East Ham, Ricky Holloway (23) of Silvertown in Canning Town, Dean Kingston (32) of Ozolins Way in Canning Town, Steven Knowles (25) of Princes Close in Sidcup, Alfie Turner (26) of Bond Street in Stratford, Bradley Wilkins (35) of Hayday Road in Canning.

The offenders in this case targeted lorries at random and stole whatever they came across.

They got away with items ranging from off-road motorcycles to clothes and jam to sets of travel Cluedo. In total, the items stolen had a combined estimated value of £158,000.

– Detective Inspector Matthew Scott, Kent Police

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