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Dorset Man Admits Asian Gold Burglaries In Oxfordshire
A 36-year-old man from Dorset has admitted a string of Asian gold burglaries in the Banbury area dating back to 2010.
James Wall, from Dale Valley Road in Poole, was sentenced to 54-months in prison at Southampton Crown Court after admitting one count of burglary with intent to steal.
The offence took place in Old Lyndhurst Road, Cadnam, Southampton, on 3 September. Nothing was taken during the burglary.
After admitting the offence, Wall asked for nine burglaries from the Banbury area to be taken into consideration. Asian gold was taken in all but one case.
These incidents were in:
Merton Street on 27 August 2010
Gillett Road on 15 October 2010
Deacon Way on 22 October 2010
Fergusson Road on 22 October 2010
Middleton Road on 24 October 2010. Electrical items were also stolen
Woburn Close on 2 November 2011
Windrush between 2 and 6 November 2010
Woodfield on 17 January, 2011. Electrical items were also stolen
The Byeway on 13 March 2011. No jewellery was taken, but an electrical heater was stolen
Inspector John Batty said;
“We will always pursue any lines of enquiry to bring justice to those who commit crime in the Thames Valley, no matter how old the offences. This is just another example of that.
“We will be passing on crime prevention messages to our community to try and reduce the risk of anyone being a victim.”
Det Sgt James Bonner of Banbury CID said;
“This was some excellent work by the team to identify a number of victims of burglaries committed by Wall.
“Despite some of the offences being four years old, it shows that victims of crime are never forgotten about and we will always seek to put those responsible for crime before the courts.”
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