Sibton: Man Charged With Burglary and Firearms Offences

28 January 2013, 08:55 | Updated: 28 January 2013, 09:06

A 23-year-old man has been charged with burglary and firearms offences after a break-in at a home in Pouy Street in Sibton on Friday 25 January in which five shotguns, ammunition, jewellery, alcohol, cash and electrical items were stolen.

Items including a pump-action shotgun, two side by side shotguns, two over and under shotguns, shotgun cartridges, a digital camera and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery were taken.

Benjamin Hills, 23, of Lincoln Avenue in Saxmundham, was arrested on Friday afternoon and taken into custody where he was interviewed in connection with the incident.

He was charged with five offences on Saturday evening – the burglary of the home, possession of a firearm when prohibited for five years, possession of ammunition for a firearm when prohibited for five years, and two counts of possession of a firearm on arrest for a Schedule 1 offence the burglary.

He has been detained in custody since Saturday and is now due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court from 10am this morning, Monday 28 January. 

All the guns and some of the other property have been recovered by police.

The charge coincides with Suffolk Constabulary's 'Operation Drawbridge', aimed at tackling burglaries across the county.