Pair jailed for their part in rural burglaries conspiracy

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TWO men have been jailed for their part in a burglary and theft conspiracy following a police probe into £430,000 worth of crimes.

Stephen Robinson, 42, from Wordsworth Avenue, Wheatley Hill, and Ashley Fisher, 27, from Dunkeld Close, Hardwick, Stockton, were jointly charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft of a motor vehicle on November 12 last year.

The sentences handed down by the court shows they take these types of prolific offenders, who adversely affect our rural communities, very seriously.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, Northumbria Police

The pair appeared before Newcastle Crown Court, where Fisher pleaded guilty to two conspiracies to burgle, aggravated taking without consent and failure to appear before court.

Robinson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and aggravated taking without consent.

Fisher was sentenced to 11 years and Robinson received five years and four months.

Their conviction comes following an investigation into 70 separate offences that happened in rural parts of Northumbria, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, between January and July 2014.

Around £430,000 worth of vehicles, quad bikes and farming equipment were stolen during the burglaries.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, of the Northern Area Command of Northumbria Police, said: “The sentences handed down by the court shows they take these types of prolific offenders, who adversely affect our rural communities, very seriously.

“It also sends a clear message to other criminals, that Northumberland is not an easy target for criminals, that police will pursue them and put them before the courts.

“We work closely with our communities including residents, farmers, landowners and other rural neighbourhood forces to protect local people from criminals and will use all means at our disposal to hunt offenders down and bring them to justice.

“We’re committed to ensuring our rural areas remain a safe place to live, and we continue to target criminals to tackle those causing the most harm to our communities.”

The sentences come during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice.