Burglary gang suspects arrested in large-scale Suffolk caravan park raid
PUBLISHED: 22:25 16 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:18 17 October 2019
Five men and a teenage boy have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in more than 50 burglaries after police swooped on a caravan park in Suffolk.
The group, aged 22, 23, 19, 21, 25, and a 17-year-old youth, were all detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Officers from Suffolk Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police carried out search and arrest warrants at the site near Mildenhall on Wednesday morning.
Investigators seized a number of allegedly stolen cars and caravans during a series of raids, which also included a search on a home in Hackney, London.
The Metropolitan Police said the group may have been involved in more than 50 burglaries across the East of England and in London.
A witness to the raid near Mildenhall called it the biggest police presence they had ever seen.
They described seeing dozens of police vehicles at the site, which remained locked down for several hours.
Further warrants were conducted at a self-storage facility in Belvedere, Kent, a residential addresses in Hackney, and another unnamed location in Kent, where a 39-year-old man was held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
During the search at Belvedere, a substantial number of high value items and mobile phones, believed stolen, were recovered.
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, of the Met's South East Command, said: "We understand the devastation that can be caused to those unfortunate enough to the targeted by burglars, and the often long term effects that can run far deeper than a loss of property."
The group are believed to be responsible for 20 burglaries in London.