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Man jailed for burglaries in Horley

A man has been jailed for 3 years and 9 months following a number of burglaries in Horley.

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Tony Hyde, 32 of Hexal Road, Lewisham appeared at Guildford Crown on Thursday, 8 November after being charged in connection with eight burglaries between June and August 2018.

The charges relate to the following burglaries:

  • Two burglaries in Cheyne Walk, Horley, on Wednesday, 8 August.
  • A burglary in the Upfield, Horley, on Wednesday, 8 August.
  • A burglary in the Glen, Croydon, between Wednesday, 13 June 2018 and Saturday 16, June.
  • Three attempted burglaries on Wednesday, 8 August in The Crescent, Horley.

Hyde pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary dwelling, with the other four offences ordered to lie on file.

Investigating officer, PC Lee Munday said:

“Hyde showed no regard for his actions. He was spotted by members of the public near the scene of one of the burglaries, resulting in a police pursuit involving the police helicopter. This caused significant disruption within the community.

“We hope that the sentence handed to Hyde will reassure the public that we take burglary very seriously and burglars should be in no doubt that if you offend we will come after you and ensure you are brought to justice.

“I would like to encourage people to take the necessary precautions to keep their homes safe from burglary. There are also a number of deterrents that might put burglars off, including marking your belongings with a forensic marking kit such as Selecta DNA spray or Smart Water.

“Another way of protecting your belongings is by registering them on Immobilise so they can be returned if they are recovered.”

For more burglary advice visit www.surrey.police.uk/burglary

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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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