Two men have been put in prison for a combined 12 years and four months following a string of house burglaries across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. One of these was a break-in at a house in Musters Road here in Ruddington on March 12th this year.
Ashley Simpson, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of burglary. Timothy Wilson, 34, formerly of Woodfield Road in Nottingham, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary and two counts of theft.
Simpson was locked up for seven years and Wilson for five years and four months when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing. It followed a Nottinghamshire Police investigation into a series of house burglaries committed between 4th January and 15th March 2018. In a number of the cases Simpson and Wilson stole car keys from the properties before stealing the vehicles. A full list of their offences can be found >>HERE<<.
DI Steve Wragg, who leads the Force’s County Burglary Team, said: “We want to reassure the people of Nottinghamshire that we’ll continue to pursue those committing burglaries and remain committed to catching those responsible and bringing them to justice. We remain committed to taking burglars off our streets but we still need people to help us by reporting any suspicious activity and reviewing their own home security to make themselves less of a target.”
Meantime Rushcliffe Police recorded a slight rise in crime in Ruddington during last month.
Nineteen offences were reported via 101 between 1st September and 30th September. Listed chronologically, they were:-
2nd Theft from Sainsburys – Coffee and meat by three offenders
4th Theft of phone dropped on the Country Park
5th Criminal Damage – Items thrown over vehicle parked on Lings Crescent
5th Threats made to member of shop staff by a customer on Church Street
5th Fraud – two phone contracts taken out in victims name using bank details
8th Criminal Damage – Window smashed by unknown person on Dunblane Road
8th Criminal Damage to items in flat by tenant
11th Drive off from Ruddington Service Station
11th Hate Crime – Misogynistic comments made to passenger on a bus
11th Attempted theft of items from youths on skate park
12th Criminal damage – Vehicle scratched using an implement whilst parked on Church
13th Theft from motor vehicle – Ladders removed from roof of van on Ashworth Avenue
16th Drive off from Ruddington Service Station
20th Fraud attempt to extort money from victim via computer
20th Drive off from Ruddington Service Station
21st Drive off from Ruddington Service Station
23rd Threats made to staff at Ruddington Service Station
29th Theft of items from shop – Loughborough Road
30th Drive off – male driving a Silver BMW filled with fuel and made no attempt to pay
Again, a high proportion of these offences was motorists driving off from the Loughborough Road filling station without making payment. This has been a long term problem. Officers have suggested introducing a pre-payment system for fuel at Ruddington Service Station to prevent these crimes – but he Euro Garages run facility has so far decided not to implement this.
If you have any information on these fuel thefts, or about any of the other reported offences in Ruddington, you’re asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101. Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.