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Eight burglars jailed for more than 35 years for Sussex raids

The Argus: Hayward, Godfrey and Peterson Hayward, Godfrey and Peterson

These are the faces of eight men who have been jailed for a total of more than 35 years after burgling nearly 30 homes across Sussex.

Lee Riley, Lee Ash, Steven White, Guy Harbord and Justin Collins raided 24 homes in Sussex, stealing jewellery and antiques worth an estimated £250,000.

They targeted rural properties in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Ardingly, Lindfield, Hassocks, Bolney, East Grinstead, Henfield, Horsham, Upper Beeding, Turners Hill, Walderton, Wisborough Green, Midhurst, Upper Easebourne, Loxwood, Fernhurst, Rogate and Fulking.

Elsewhere in Surrey, Essex, Oxfordshire and Hampshire they targeted an additional 54 properties.

The offences took place between 2011 and 2013.

In each case the burglars struck during the daytime after waiting for the owners to go out, first forcing open doors and windows.

At some of the homes they took keys and stole vehicles off the driveways before fitting them with false number plates so they could be used as getaway cars during other burglaries.

Appearing at Winchester Crown Court, Harbord, 30, of Lordship Lane, Dulwich, London, was jailed for five years and six months, White, 30, of no fixed address, was jailed for five years and six months, Collins, 35, of no fixed address, was jailed for six years, Ash, 31, of High Street, Sutton, was jailed for five years and three months and Riley, 26, of Panmure Road, Sydenham, London, was jailed for four years.

Separately Paul Godfrey 34, of Whitehawk Way, Brighton, appeared at Hove Crown Court and was jailed for four years and four months for burglary.

The court was told Godfrey already had a history of committing burglaries when he broke into a flat in Swanborough Drive, Brighton, on January 21 this year.

He took dozens of gold, silver and diamond rings worth thousands of pounds as well as a handbag containing cash.

Paul Hayward has been jailed for two years and nine months after he admitted two counts of burglary at Lewes Crown Court.

He admitted he walked out of one home he had just burgled in The Drive, Hove, and past a mother and her ten-year-old son at 4pm on October 24.

The 44-year-old, of Edward Street, Brighton, escaped with an iPod, cash cards and a small quantity of money.

A week later, on the afternoon of November 1, he got into a flat in Preston Road, Brighton, and took cash and an iPhone 4.

Oliver Peterson, 22, of no fixed address, was caught by officers running away from a shop that was being broken into in Hastings in the early hours of October 14.

Parked nearby was a Mitsubishi car that had been stolen during a burglary in Vicarage Road in the town in which a TV and wallets were also taken.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: “Each of the burglars was convicted because of good work by officers.

“In each case they did their initial inquiries so well that they were quickly able to identify who the offenders were, track them down and charge them.

“The sentences handed down by the courts reflect the impact that burglaries have on victims.

“We are determined to crack down on those who are intent on causing others misery by taking what is not theirs. We want to send a signal to burglars that Sussex is a no go area for them.”

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5:51pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Ambo Guy says...

Scum of the earth. I just don't care about any excuses theu might have eg drug problem, abused as a child etc - they're just scum. I was burgled years ago and they never found out who did it.

Lock them up and throw away the key.
Scum of the earth. I just don't care about any excuses theu might have eg drug problem, abused as a child etc - they're just scum. I was burgled years ago and they never found out who did it. Lock them up and throw away the key. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 35

6:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Joshiman says...

Out in 2 or 3 years and back to work thieving again.
Out in 2 or 3 years and back to work thieving again. Joshiman
  • Score: 22

6:19pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Indigatio says...

Nice to see some longer sentences but they are still not long enough. The impact on burglary victims is horrendous.
Nice to see some longer sentences but they are still not long enough. The impact on burglary victims is horrendous. Indigatio
  • Score: 28

6:34pm Mon 17 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

A couple of cozy years with food and heating paid, sky TV, drugs and a chance to network with like-minded scum? Could it then be back to an old 'no fixed abode' girlfriend's council flat followed by business as usual?
A couple of cozy years with food and heating paid, sky TV, drugs and a chance to network with like-minded scum? Could it then be back to an old 'no fixed abode' girlfriend's council flat followed by business as usual? From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 20

6:51pm Mon 17 Mar 14

hoveguyactually says...

The faces of eight men? Am I missing something?
The faces of eight men? Am I missing something? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 13

7:37pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Sir Prised says...

About five years for 80+ burglaries !!... No wonder it's a growth industry despite the propaganda. Sentencing in this country is a joke. Five years for one might just begin to act as a deterrent.
About five years for 80+ burglaries !!... No wonder it's a growth industry despite the propaganda. Sentencing in this country is a joke. Five years for one might just begin to act as a deterrent. Sir Prised
  • Score: 21

7:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

medianscore says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
Scum of the earth. I just don't care about any excuses theu might have eg drug problem, abused as a child etc - they're just scum. I was burgled years ago and they never found out who did it.

Lock them up and throw away the key.
The mainstream media always add up the sentencing to make it sound severe when of course each only got a few years behind bars. They will be out in 2 to 3 years and then back to breaking into peoples' homes again. These career criminals should get 30 years and no early release.

The Justice system in Britain is a disgrace and needs changing. Time to change broken Britain by supporting UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: Scum of the earth. I just don't care about any excuses theu might have eg drug problem, abused as a child etc - they're just scum. I was burgled years ago and they never found out who did it. Lock them up and throw away the key.[/p][/quote]The mainstream media always add up the sentencing to make it sound severe when of course each only got a few years behind bars. They will be out in 2 to 3 years and then back to breaking into peoples' homes again. These career criminals should get 30 years and no early release. The Justice system in Britain is a disgrace and needs changing. Time to change broken Britain by supporting UKIP. medianscore
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Mon 17 Mar 14

tykemison says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
The faces of eight men? Am I missing something?
Under the main mug shot of count hayward you will see (if your able to stomach it!), another picture of the scroat and the picture next to him of a lovely chap called harbard, click on his delightful features and it will show other 4 miscreants, , although this should really come with a health warning:-)
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: The faces of eight men? Am I missing something?[/p][/quote]Under the main mug shot of count hayward you will see (if your able to stomach it!), another picture of the scroat and the picture next to him of a lovely chap called harbard, click on his delightful features and it will show other 4 miscreants, , although this should really come with a health warning:-) tykemison
  • Score: 9

9:11pm Mon 17 Mar 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Paul Godfrey of Whitehawk Way, what a guy!

It is a known fact around Whitehawk that he has a fetish for young boys. By all accounts he used to steal boys underpants from washing lines around the 'Hawk. What he did with them can not be mentioned here!

Lets hope his weird and perverted ways are paid back in his lonely prison cell.
Paul Godfrey of Whitehawk Way, what a guy! It is a known fact around Whitehawk that he has a fetish for young boys. By all accounts he used to steal boys underpants from washing lines around the 'Hawk. What he did with them can not be mentioned here! Lets hope his weird and perverted ways are paid back in his lonely prison cell. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 15

10:53pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Withdean-er says...

Burglars are low life scum with no respect for innocent victims, who not only lose their hard earned possessions or special family heirlooms, but lose the feeling of safety in the sanctuary of their home.

The sentences on say the third or more trial and conviction, really should be of great length, and that is served, not being let out half through because they pretend to be reformed characters. Would serve as a greater deterrent for this vial crime, as well as simply a far greater punishment, and at the same time will keep many of these vermin unable to ruin more lives.
Burglars are low life scum with no respect for innocent victims, who not only lose their hard earned possessions or special family heirlooms, but lose the feeling of safety in the sanctuary of their home. The sentences on say the third or more trial and conviction, really should be of great length, and that is served, not being let out half through because they pretend to be reformed characters. Would serve as a greater deterrent for this vial crime, as well as simply a far greater punishment, and at the same time will keep many of these vermin unable to ruin more lives. Withdean-er
  • Score: 9

9:59am Tue 18 Mar 14

angrymonkey says...

low life scum why take so long to get them and why only get few years for all that? and all the people living in fear will happen again . if the judge had gone through what the victims had am sure would got more years
low life scum why take so long to get them and why only get few years for all that? and all the people living in fear will happen again . if the judge had gone through what the victims had am sure would got more years angrymonkey
  • Score: 4

12:18am Wed 19 Mar 14

disgruntledHove says...

Got burgled close to Whitehawk 22 yrs ago..obviously not these boys...but possibly these boys were inspired by them and their stories and gains.
It still affects me now. I am not saying that all burglars come from Whitehawk..FAR from it...and l do not have any indication to believe that my burglars were from there . However,
l DO think that burglars should be given longer sentences and be told how much it stays with their victims. Many of the people have had hard lives..just like them ...and if anyone burgled 'their own' they might think twice before they did it. They are despicable vermin ..like rats..they prefer to operate when they think nobody is there to challenge them.
Got burgled close to Whitehawk 22 yrs ago..obviously not these boys...but possibly these boys were inspired by them and their stories and gains. It still affects me now. I am not saying that all burglars come from Whitehawk..FAR from it...and l do not have any indication to believe that my burglars were from there . However, l DO think that burglars should be given longer sentences and be told how much it stays with their victims. Many of the people have had hard lives..just like them ...and if anyone burgled 'their own' they might think twice before they did it. They are despicable vermin ..like rats..they prefer to operate when they think nobody is there to challenge them. disgruntledHove
  • Score: 0

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