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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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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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