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Chief Constable's pledge to burglary victims - 'there’s nothing a Notts cop likes more than catching a house burglar!”

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Chief Constable's pledge to burglary victims - 'there’s nothing a Notts cop likes more than catching a house burglar!”

Nottinghamshire’s Chief Constable has sent out a clear message to victims of burglary: ‘Rest assured, my officers will always attend your home and ruthlessly pursue those responsible for this appalling crime.’

Despite national media coverage which claims some police forces fail to send officers to house burglaries, Chief Constable Craig Guildford says this has not been the case in Nottinghamshire as house burglary has always been one of his priorities.

Burglary has fallen dramatically over the last three years and has coincided with the introduction of specialist teams of detectives who work every day to bring burglars to justice. Our detection rate in Nottinghamshire is well above the national average.

More than 30 detectives currently work in four burglary and robbery teams operating in Nottingham city and the wider county.

Significant funding from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund has also paid for burglary prevention officers providing hotspot areas such as the Arboretum with camera doorbells, new locks, and ensuring CCTV is installed.

This year alone, the force has banged up prolific burglars, opportunists, and cruel distraction burglars who have preyed on the elderly and vulnerable.

Mr Guildford said: “Behind every one of these burglaries is a person and a family who have been the victim of an extremely upsetting crime. This is why we take burglary so seriously.

“Burglary has no place in our city and county. No one should have to come home and find their home raided and belongings stolen and that is why I have made sure there are two dedicated burglary teams in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire since 2018.

“We attend every house burglary and always will. Our detectives work many hours and into the night trawling through evidence to bring these offenders before the courts.

“Our teams also track where potential burglaries are likely to take place and have caught burglars before they even have a chance to break into a home. We have made a very significant investment in our ANPR network across the force which greatly helps us prevent and detect travelling burglars.

“But rest assured, if you do have your house burgled, then my officers will be at your door, gathering evidence, supporting you, and doing everything they can to bring the person who broke into your home to justice. There’s nothing a Notts cop likes more than catching a house burglar!”

Detective Chief Inspector Ruby Burrow, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Here in Nottinghamshire we work hard with our partners to prevent house burglaries taking place.

“However, when they do occur, we attend each and every offence, and the subsequent investigation is allocated to one of dedicated burglary detectives.

“This year we have dedicated 8.6 per cent of burglary dwelling offences, which is higher than the national average.

“By working with local communities and partners, we have achieved sustained reductions in the number of burglary offences across the county.

“Burglaries fell by more than a third in Nottinghamshire (down by 36.9 per cent - 2,827 fewer offences) during the year to 31 March 2022, compared to pre-pandemic levels.”

Here are some of our latest results:

A callous burglar befriended a vulnerable 87-year-old dementia sufferer before swiping her bank card, handbag and purse from her home.

Faisal Rafiq visited her address in Bingham on 25 July and said he would take her out for a drink.

The 34-year-old was left alone as she locked the windows in her front room and went to get her coat on before they both left to go to the pub.

When they arrived, Rafiq was told he was barred. He walked off and left the woman at the pub.

Around an hour-an-a-half later she left the pub and walked home. When she got back she noticed items were missing and her living room window was open.

Rafiq was caught on CCTV cameras coming back to the victim’s address after leaving the pub before entering through the window.

After stealing her bank card, he used it to make contactless payments at a local store.

Following enquiries police arrested Rafiq on 1 August and he was subsequently charged and remanded.

He went on to plead guilty to one count of burglary and two counts of fraud by false representation. He was also found to have committed a further offence during the operational period of a suspended sentence order imposed in November 2021.

Rafiq, of Lea Court, Bingham, was jailed for a total of nine months and 10 weeks when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 2 August 2022). He was also ordered to pay £51.26 compensation.


A sneak-in burglar stole a laptop, camera and speaker after climbing through an unlocked bedroom window of a student property.

The victims returned to their address, in the Lenton area of Nottingham, on the night of Saturday 17 September to find the back door had been unlocked and their property had been taken.

Following some diligent police work, involving Nottinghamshire Police’s criminal investigation department proactive team, a suspect was identified, arrested and subsequently charged.

Jahya Williams, aged 35, of no fixed address, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today (Saturday 24 September 2022) where he pleaded guilty to burglary.

He was remanded in custody and will appear for sentencing in due course.


A ‘prolific offender’ has been jailed after leaving his blood at the scene of a burglary.

Shane Green, aged 31, smashed his way into the Lammas Leisure Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield, causing more than £2,500 of damage and making off with more than £13,500 of goods.

As well as stealing a TV, digital radios and computer tablets during the raid in the early hours of March 18 this year, Green and two unidentified accomplices also made off with a large charity box.

Police attended the scene the following day and found blood belonging to Green on a door frame – deposited as he smashed a glass panel and cut his hand.

He was arrested later the same day still wearing the same clothes he wore during the burglary.

Green, of Woods Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, has multiple previous convictions for burglary offences, gave ‘no comment’ answers in his police interview but – when faced with the overwhelming evidence of his guilt – later admitted to a charge of burglary.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, he was jailed for one year and eight months.


A prolific burglar who went on a two-month offending spree has been locked up.

James Briggs, 38, smashed his way into a number of businesses in Nottingham to swipe clothing, alcohol and an electric bike.

Briggs, of no fixed abode, later stole a bank card from his own mother after going to her home to beg for money.

He was tracked down after leaving blood at the scene of his crimes on two occasions, and was also identified by officers who analysed CCTV footage.

Briggs was jailed for three years at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (28 July 2022) after pleading guilty to four burglaries, between 8 April and 2 June this year, one theft and the breach of a community order.


Two brothers who broke into a garage have been locked up.

Robert and Roy Sisson forced their way into the garage in the early hours of 29 July 2022.

Once inside they snatched an electric bike before fleeing the scene in Hollington Road, Bilborough.

The homeowner then awoke a few hours later to discover their bike and the padlocks used to secure the garage had been taken.

A joint investigation was launched by the city west neighbourhood policing and city burglary teams, who identified the brothers after analysing CCTV footage.

Both were arrested and charged with burglary the following day (30 July).

Following his arrest, Robert Sisson was also charged with a similar burglary that took place in Robins Wood Road, Beechdale, on 11 July 2022.

This time an e-scooter, tools and washing powder were snatched from a garage after Sisson gained access through an unlocked door.

The brothers, both of Graylands Road, Bilborough, appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (3 August), where they pleaded guilty to the charges.

Robert (33) and Roy (43) Sisson were both jailed for four months.

They were also each ordered to pay £1,150 in compensation.




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