Hunt for man and woman part of gang of bur­glars

‘Or­gan­ised crim­i­nals’ fail to ap­pear in court for sen­tenc­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

PO­LICE are search­ing for a man and woman who failed to ap­pear at court for a hear­ing which saw mem­bers of a bur­glary gang sen­tenced.

John Flynn, 49, and Gra­cie McCarthy, 21, were due to at­tend Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day, April 15 where they were to be sen­tenced in re­la­tion to a spate of bur­glar­ies in and around Ruis­lip in 2014.

Their gang car­ried out a to­tal of 30 res­i­den­tial rob­beries be­tween Septem­ber 29 and De­cem­ber 15 that year. Hilling­don Po­lice re­sponded with an in­tel­li­gence-led po­lice oper­a­tion which re­sulted in the ar­rests of the seven de­fen­dants.

The gang used stolen ve­hi­cles bear­ing cloned num­ber plates in their break-ins, of­ten ran­sack­ing homes

the and mak­ing off with high value prop­erty and ve­hi­cles.

Fol­low­ing an ear­lier trial at Isle­worth Crown Court, Flynn was found guilty of con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary. He was sen­tenced to eight years’ im­pris­on­ment in his ab­sence and a war­rant has been is­sued for his ar­rest.

Four other men ad­mit­ted to the same charge. John James Fee­han-Flynn, 21, was sen­tenced to five years and four months’ im­pris­on­ment, James Con­nors, 31, was handed a six-year sen­tence, John­nie Liam Flynn, 27, was jailed for six years and nine months and Timmy Con­nors, 19, was given four years and six months’ im­pris­on­ment. The teenager was also sen­tenced to two years and three years for fur­ther bur­glary of­fences com­mit­ted in Fe­bru­ary and March 2015. The sen­tences will run con­sec­u­tively.

McCarthy, and Maisie Neu­mann, 25, had both pleaded guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing to ac­qui­si­tion, use and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, con­trary to the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

Neu­mann re­ceived a nine-month sus­pended prison sen­tence, a cur­few and is re­quired to at­tend re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, while a war­rant was is­sued for the ar­rest of McCarthy after her fail­ure to at­tend.

Each de­fen­dant was also granted a Crim­i­nal Be­hav­iour Or­der (CBO) rang­ing in length from five to seven years on their re­lease. A CBO aims to tackle the most se­ri­ous and per­sis­tent anti-so­cial in­di­vid­u­als where their be­hav­iour has brought them be­fore a crim­i­nal court.

They pro­hibit be­hav­iours deemed as pre­cur­sors to crim­i­nal be­hav­iour and en­able po­lice to act to pre­vent crimes more ef­fec­tively.

DC Emma Butcher of the Hilling­don Po­lice Proac­tive Crime Squad said: “These are or­gan­ised crim­i­nals who de­stroy peo­ple’s lives, caus­ing both emo­tional dis­tress and fi­nan­cial loss to all their vic­tims.

“Los­ing items of sen­ti­men­tal value which can never be re­placed is of­ten a cause of great dis­tress. I hope that this re­sult can at least bring some peace of mind to the vic­tims.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, they will be sub­ject to Crim­i­nal Be­hav­iour Or­ders from the minute they are re­leased from cus­tody, a strat­egy we will be tak­ing with all of­fend­ers who com­mit bur­glary on our bor­ough.”

n WANTED: John Flynn, 49, was part of the gang

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