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UK News Burglary gang who targeted North Wales in crime spree locked up for more than 30 years

03:31  14 february  2020
03:31  14 february  2020 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

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Six axe-wielding burglars who stole more than £45,000 during a crime spree targeting dozens of businesses across the UK have been jailed. They were eventually tracked down and arrested after using "a variety of techniques in a failed attempt to try to cover up their crimes ," Det Sgt Carvell added.

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A gang of six men who burgled dozens of homes and business including premises in North Wales have been jailed.

The men were members of an organised crime gang who carried out two house burglaries, 30 commercial burglaries and five theft from motor vehicle offences between Sunday, August 4, 2019, and Monday, November 4, 2019.

Gary Platt, 43, Kieran Platt, 25, Joseph Salla, 19, Joshua Wilkinson, 22, Lee Hodgin, 33, and Peter Mighall, 45, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

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The burglars targeted addresses in Carlisle, Lancaster, Morecambe, Bolton-le-Sands and Strathclyde while During one burglary , they were spotted by a witness who called the police. The gang were arrested as they travelled south through Staffordshire. The police recovered stolen goods, lists of

Wilkinson also admitted a charge of dangerous driving whilst Gary and Kieran Platt asked for a number of other burglary offences to be taken into consideration.

a close up of a man looking at the camera: Gary Platt, 43, of Anthorn Close, Noctorum, Birkenhead, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary © Cheshire Police Gary Platt, 43, of Anthorn Close, Noctorum, Birkenhead, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary

The gang specifically targeted business premises with the intent of stealing cash from their safes.

They raided pubs, restaurants, bus depots, convenience stores, social clubs and even dry cleaners during their crime spree.

The areas they targeted included Chester, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Willaston, Wirral, Kendal, Morecambe, Northop, Wrexham, Oswestry and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

a close up of a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Peter Mighall, 45, of no fixed address, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary © Cheshire Police Peter Mighall, 45, of no fixed address, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary

The group used a high-powered Audi S4 car to travel to and from businesses they targeted. They stole the vehicle whilst burgling a house in Barnston, Wirral.

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In an attempt to evade capture, the gang stole number plates and used them on stolen vehicles when committing offences.

a close up of a man looking at the camera: Joshua Wilkinson, 22, of Dalesway, Heswall jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary © Cheshire Police Joshua Wilkinson, 22, of Dalesway, Heswall jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary

Detectives from Ellesmere Port CID linked the six men to the burglaries through mobile phone, ANPR and CCTV evidence, and their crime spree was brought to an end on Thursday, November 7, 2019, when officers from Cheshire, Merseyside and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit executed simultaneous search warrants at their homes in Wirral.

Stolen property, clothing, tools and mobile phones that linked the men to various burglaries were seized during the raids.

a close up of a man looking at the camera: Joseph Salla, 19, of Oakleaf Mews, Noctorum, Birkenhead, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary © Cheshire Police Joseph Salla, 19, of Oakleaf Mews, Noctorum, Birkenhead, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary

Gary Platt, of Anthorn Close, Noctorum, Birkenhead; Kieran Platt, of Sandalwood Drive, Noctorum, Birkenhead; Salla, of Oakleaf Mews, Noctorum, Birkenhead; Wilkinson, of Dalesway, Heswall; Hodgin, of Lansdowne Road, Birkenhead; and Mighall, of no fixed address; were subsequently arrested.

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A family gang responsible for committing more than 250 burglaries in an 11-month crime spree They carried out most of their crimes in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, but also spread into Suffolk Det Insp Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: "Every one of their crimes had a victim so

The Merseyside gang were operating from a property in Wrexham, North Wales He also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and wounding with intent, where he stabbed He was jailed for 14 years and ten months. The court heard police also seized more than £33,000 from him following his arrest.

The group were jailed for a total of 31 and a half years.

Hodgin was sentenced to six years and nine months, Gary and Kieran Platt were given six years, Salla and Wilkinson were jailed for four and a half years and Mighall was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

a man wearing a blue shirt looking at the camera: Kieran Platt, 25, of Sandalwood Drive, Noctorum, Birkenhead, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary © Cheshire Police Kieran Platt, 25, of Sandalwood Drive, Noctorum, Birkenhead, jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary

Following sentencing, Detective Sergeant Graeme Carvell, who led the investigation, said: "I am delighted that these men are now behind bars facing the consequences of their actions in the form of significant prison sentences.

“Their convictions and sentencing marks the conclusion of what has been a lengthy and complex investigation into a series of burglaries which spanned across numerous police forces in England and Wales.

“Over a three-month period the gang went to great lengths to plan and co-ordinate more than 30 burglaries at houses, pubs, restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses across the UK."

a man looking at the camera: Lee Hodgin, 33, of Lansdowne Road, Birkenhead © Cheshire Police Lee Hodgin, 33, of Lansdowne Road, Birkenhead

He added: “The group also stole more than £45,000 and caused in excess of £35,000 worth of damage to business premises.

“All of the businesses targeted provide essential services to local communities, and the burglaries have had a profound effect on the owners and their staff.

“The gang had the audacity to burgle the same premises on a number of occasions and used a variety of techniques in a failed attempt to try to cover up their crimes, including concealing their identities and using cloned vehicles."

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Draco added: "As a result of the excellent work conducted by the dedicated team of detectives here at Cheshire Constabulary, this crime spree has now been brought to an end.

“This case demonstrates our commitment to relentlessly pursuing and bringing to justice organised crime groups who cause so much harm to our communities.”

Storm Dennis: UK's highest wind speed recorded in North Wales yesterday .
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