1. ITV Report

25 years for gang who carried out "vicious" burglary and robbery spree

The four were jailed for a total of twenty five years Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Four men have been jailed for a combined total of 25 years after pleading guilty to their part in a spate of robberies and burglaries targeting Hampshire businesses.

The men, sometimes acting together and sometimes acting alone, burgled shops and robbed businesses across Southampton and Eastleigh, between 16th November and 4th December last year. On some occasions during their two-week crime spree, they targeted more than one shop in a day.

This was a complex investigation, tracking four men wreaking havoc across Southampton and Eastleigh, not only damaging property and stealing from businesses but also threatening and assaulting people at their place of work for their own selfish greed.

The men only managed to steal a couple of hundred pounds each time, and sometimes leaving with nothing, but they used a high level intimidation and violence to get it through these conceited, vicious robberies and crude burglaries."

– Detective Sergeant Damon Kennard, Senior Investigating Officer

Martin Dowse reports on the story.

In total, the foursome admitted to a combined 20 offences which included 13 business robberies, five burglaries and two personal robberies.

Kevin Owen, 39 of Violet Road, Southampton has been sentenced to eight and a half years behind bars.

Andrew Havinga, 23 of Mayfield Road, Southampton has been sentenced to six years.

Dean Robert Higham, 55, of Anson Drive, Southampton has been sentenced to six years.

John Paul Beesley, 39, of no fixed abode has been sentenced to four and a half years.