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By Chris Bishop
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Three men have been charged with committing a series of burglaries and other offences across Norfolk.
Nelson Loveridge, John Smith and Blossom Smith are all due before magistrates in King’s Lynn this morning, Thursday 14 February 2013.
The men were arrested in The Woottons in the early hours of Wednesday, after police received reports of burglaries at McColls at The Street in Bawdeswell and the Jet garage on Middleton Lane in Norwich earlier that night.
Cigarettes had been stolen in both incidents. The men were taken to the King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre where they were interviewed by officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and charged earlier this morning.
Loveridge, 27, of Maltmas Road, Friday Bridge, has been charged with both burglaries plus the theft of a Vauxhall Astra from North Tuddenham in January.
Blossom Smith, 22, of Gosburton, Spalding, has been charged with the McColls and Jet burglaries, the theft of the Astra and a burglary at Dereham’s Tesco store on New Year’s Day, where cigarettes were also taken.
John Smith, 21, of Werrington Bridge Road, Peterborough, has been charged with the McColls, Jet and Tesco burglaries, the theft of the Astra plus a burglary at a house in Queen’s Road, Fakenham, on Wednesday, December 5, and the theft of an Audi RS6 from the property.
Det Supt Mark Lay of ERSOU said: “ERSOU has enjoyed considerable success recently in targeting criminals that travel across force borders to commit serious crime.
“Burglary and theft cause concern and misery to the communities and victims affected. The operation on Tuesday night co-ordinating local and regional resources is another clear example of our determination to target active criminals and the public can be reassured that we will react to good quality intelligence they are able to provide.”
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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