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Burglary gang broke into houses and stole cars across Midlands; trio sent to prison for 14 years.

Byline: CHARLOTTE REGEN News Reporter charlotte.regen@reachplc.com

A GANG of thieves who carried out a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts have been jailed for a total of more than 14 years.

Three men pleaded guilty to a number offences at Worcester Crown Court. The offences related to a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts that took place at a number of homes in Bromsgrove, Cannock, Hagley and Wednesbury between November 23 and December 10 2018.

Hakim Aziz, 21, of Nicholls Street, West Bromwich, admitted one count of attempted burglary of a house, two counts of burglary of a house and theft of a motor vehicle, and one count of handling stolen goods.

He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison, disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to take an extended re-test.

Bran Lloyd, 21, of Hurst Lane, Tipton, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary, one count of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. He was jailed for four years and eight months.

Ashleigh Hammond, 23,of High Street, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary and two counts of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

He was given four years and six months in prison, disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended re-test.

Detective Constable Rhian O'Reilly from West Mercia Police said: "We welcome these convictions as burglary is a Hakim Aziz very emotive and intrusive crime. To see these offenders behind bars should hopefully reassure the victims that justice has been done.

"Tackling burglary remains a priority for West Mercia Police and we are committed to protecting our communities and reducing the impact of burglary by working closely with our partner agencies to ensure offenders are brought to justice.

"Making it difficult for thieves is paramount and we would always urge people to be vigilant."

Anyone who is a victim of burglary or vehicle theft who feels they may need support, or may not want to contact the police, can contact West Mercia Police's Victim Advice Line, a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk

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