Gang be­hind hun­dreds of raids face jail

Stolen items worth com­bined to­tal of £2 mil­lion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A crime gang which car­ried out hun­dreds of bur­glar­ies, steal­ing high per­for­mance cars, jew­ellery and weapons, and even pup­pies, worth a to­tal of £2 mil­lion are fac­ing years be­hind bars.

The gang - most of whom were from the same fam­ily in the trav­eller com­mu­nity - raided homes and busi­nesses across the re­gion be­tween Fe­bru­ary and De­cem­ber last year.

The bur­glar­ies took place across Cam­bridgeshire and the east of Eng­land, in­clud­ing in Yax­ley, Wis­bech and March. Often in broad day­light, three or four mem­bers would mask their faces us­ing bal­a­clavas and smash open doors or win­dows. They would steal spe­cific items, mainly high­pow­ered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jew­ellery, all of which they could dis­pose of through con­tacts.

Twelve of the gang will be sen­tenced later this year.

Char­lie Al­bert Webb, (20), from New­ton Flot­man, Nor­folk; John Eli Loveridge, (42), of Green­ways, Car­leton Rode, Nor­folk; John Stan­ley Loveridge, (23), of Green­ways, Car­leton Rode, Nor­folk; Joseph Holmes, (21), of Sc­hole Road, Willing­ham; Danny StoneParker, (28), of Brain­tree Road, Great Dun­mow; Ti­mothy Stone-Parker, (24), of Clay Way, Ely; Joe John Spencer Loveridge, (19), of Winch­ester Road, Sandy, Bed­ford­shire; Richard Oak­ley, (27), of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suf­folk and Johnny Oak­ley, (25), of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suf­folk all pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary.

Si­mon Oak­ley, (45), of Al­burgh Road, Hemp­nall, Nor­wich, was found guilty of con­spir­acy to bur­gle at a trial at Nor­wich Crown Court last week. He pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a firearm with­out a cer­tifi­cate and han­dling stolen goods.

James Pate­man, (55), of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, (54) , of Fen Road, Ch­ester­ton, Cam­bridge, were found guilty of han­dling stolen goods.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Craig Har­ri­son, who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “Ev­ery one of those crimes had a vic­tim so the trauma and dev­as­ta­tion caused in quite a short space of time was im­mense. They clearly had no care at all for the im­pact their of­fend­ing was hav­ing on com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly in south and east Cam­bridgeshire, which were par­tic­u­larly badly hit, and, in­deed, across the re­gion.

“One vic­tim had re­cently lost his wife and they stole her jew­ellery and a purse, which we have since re­cov­ered for him.”

Dam­age caused to a BP garage in one of the raids

A ri­fle in the boot of the Audi TT used by the gang to try and evade po­lice

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