Hillingdon burglars jailed

Hillingdon burglars jailed

Five men and one woman were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 15 April, for a series of residential burglaries in west London.

A second woman failed to appear for sentencing and is currently wanted.

In the autumn of 2014, police in Hillingdon responded to a marked increase in residential burglaries in Ruislip and surrounding areas.

Numerous houses were broken into and ransacked, with stolen vehicles on cloned plates used by the group who made off with high value property and stole vehicles.

A total of 30 residential burglaries were committed by the group between 29 September and 15 December 2014, when an intelligence-led police operation resulted in the arrest of the defendants.

DC Emma Butcher of the Hillingdon police Proactive Crime Squad said: “These are organised criminals who destroy people’s lives, causing both emotional distress and financial loss to all their victims.

“Losing items of sentimental value which can never be replaced is often a cause of great distress. I hope that this result can at least bring some peace of mind to the victims.

“Additionally, they will be subject to Criminal Behaviour Orders from the minute they are released from custody, a strategy we will be taking with all offenders who commit burglary on our borough.”

After a trial at Isleworth Crown Court, John Flynn, 49 (02.02.67) was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary. He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment in his absence and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Four other men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

John James Feehan-Flynn, 21 (26.02.95) was sentenced to five years and four months’ imprisonment.

James Connors, 31 (17.09.84) was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.

Johnnie Liam Flynn, 27 (07.09.88) was sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment.

Timmy Connors, 19 (04.03.97) was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment. Connors was also sentenced to two years and three years for further burglary offences committed in February and March 2015. These sentences will run consecutively.

Gracie McCarthy, 21 (08.09.94) and Maisie Neumann, 25 (02.11.90) had both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to acquisition, use and possession of stolen property, contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Maisie Neumann was sentenced to nine months suspended imprisonment, a curfew and is required to attend rehabilitation.

Gracie McCarthy failed to appear at court and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Each defendant was also granted a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) ranging in length from five to seven years on their release. A CBO is an order designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.

The orders prohibit behaviours deemed as precursors to criminal behaviour and enable police to act to prevent crimes more effectively.

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