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Two men convicted for burglaries in Crawley and Horsham

Two men have been handed a prison sentence for their involvement in a series of burglaries in Horsham and Crawley.

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Martyn Perry is on the left and James Russell on the right.

James Russell, 30, (right) and Martyn Perry, 26, (left) were sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday 2 November following an earlier six-day trial.

The pair were linked to six burglaries committed in Horsham and Crawley from the 24 January until 8 February 2018.

Officers stopped and arrested Russell, of Dale Close, Horsham on 8 February after he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle in Crawley Road, Horsham.

A search of Russell’s home was conducted and a number of stolen items were recovered.

Following extensive investigative work officers were able to identify Russell’s accomplice in the burglaries as Perry, of Meridian Close, Crawley.

Both men were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and appeared at Hove Crown Court where they pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following the jury’s guilty verdict, Judge Henson sentenced both Russell and Perry to seven years in prison.

Perry was also sentenced to a further 18 months for a seventh and unlinked burglary committed in Ifield, Crawley on the 9 April.

Tom Carpenter of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team said:

“Russell and Perry showed a total disregard for the impact of their actions on the victims and thought they would be able to get away with their behaviour. The sentence given to both parties shows the seriousness of this matter.

“With the increased resourcing in the team, we are able to prioritise offences that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities. We were also able to reunite all of the recovered items to their rightful owners.”

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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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