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A home­less man who stole hun­dreds of pounds of pre­scrip­tion drugs from a Bath phar­macy has been jailed. Alan Holvey was sent to prison on Oc­to­ber 1 af­ter he ad­mit­ted car­ry­ing out a ‘smash and grab’ bur­glary at Well­sway Phar­macy the pre­vi­ous week. The 40-year-old, of no fixed ad­dress, was brought be­fore Bath Mag­is­trates’ Court charged with a sep­a­rate bur­glary at Well Phar­macy on Clare­mont Ter­race. But, af­ter plead­ing guilty to break­ing into and steal­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs from the phar­macy on Septem­ber 29, Holvey con­fessed to the bur­glary at Well­sway Phar­macy as well. Well­sway Phar­macy owner He­len Darvill es­ti­mated she lost about £500 worth of di­azepam, liq­uid mor­phine and other medicines in the early morn­ing raid on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26. Hop­ing for a re­duced sen­tence, Holvey also ad­mit­ted to two thefts from shops in the city, ac­cord­ing to Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice. Mag­is­trates sen­tenced him to 26 weeks in prison and or­dered him to pay £350 in com­pen­sa­tion. Mem­bers of the pub­lic re­ported the phar­macy break-ins as they took place, help­ing po­lice catch Holvey. A call from a wit­ness who re­ported see­ing two sus­pi­cious men in the Bear Flat area led to po­lice dis­cov­er­ing the bur­glary at Well­sway Phar­macy at about 2.30am. Three days later, also in the early hours, of­fi­cers pa­trolling the city and a po­lice dog and han­dler ar­rested a man and seized pre­scrip­tion drugs and per­fume be­lieved to be stolen from Wells Phar­macy. Neigh­bour­hood In­spec­tor Sarah Tre­week said: “I’d like to thank the peo­ple who called to tell us about th­ese bur­glar­ies as they hap­pened. “This shows that Bath is the sort of city where peo­ple look out for their neigh­bour­hoods. “Of­fi­cers are here 24/7 work­ing to keep Bath safe, but in­for­ma­tion from our com­mu­ni­ties is vi­tal. “You know what’s hap­pen­ing in your street. Tell us so that we can al­lo­cate our re­sources ef­fec­tively and stand a bet­ter chance of pre­vent­ing and de­tect­ing crime.” If you have any in­for­ma­tion about a crime, call 101, or visit the en­quiry of­fice in Man­vers Street, open 10am to 6pm Mon­day to Fri­day. Al­ter­na­tively call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Well­sway Phar­macy owner He­len Darvill af­ter the break-in

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