A man arrested in Bradley Stoke last December has been jailed for four years for burglaries in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Simon Inker, 42, of no fixed abode, appeared before Bristol Crown Court on Thursday 26th January and admitted a burglary of a house in Fishponds in November 2016, in which a laptop and cash were stolen.
He also asked the court to take into consideration 12 other offences, including four counts of trespassing with intent to steal and eight burglaries in which cash, jewellery, watches, electrical items and a bike were stolen. These offences took place in Bradley Stoke, Brislington, Greenbank, St George and Stoke Gifford, during November and December 2016, with one in July 2016.
Inker was arrested on Tuesday 13th December 2016 in Bradley Stoke by local police officers who responded to a call, at 2.47pm, from a member of the public reporting seeing a man acting suspiciously in The Pastures. The police helicopter was brought in to search the area and, at 3pm, the helicopter team reported on Twitter that a burglary suspect had been “located and detained by officers”.
A reader comment on the Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page said the arrest took place on Brook Way, near Christ the King Church. Another commenter added: “Seen him run from Hawkins crescent then jumped over wall into Jordan Walk when I was waiting for bus.”
The local beat team subsequently tweeted (at 3.56pm): “Sorry about all the police cars and sirens in Bradley Stoke. However male arrested for burglary. Now helping police with their enquiries!”
On 1st December 2016 (nearly two weeks prior to his arrest in Bradley Stoke), police had issued an appeal for information concerning the whereabouts of Inker, who it was said was “wanted on recall to prison after his licence was revoked”. The statement added: “He has a conviction for burglary”.
Neighbourhood Inspector Clive Summerill said:
“Residents can play a vital part in keeping our communities safe by keeping their property secure, supporting their neighbours and telling us about suspicious incidents as they happen.”
“We have seen by the success of Neighbourhood Watch schemes that where local people look out for each other it does work to make homes in the area less likely to be burgled. We’re always grateful for information about crime or suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant it seems, as it can fit into a bigger picture.”
Insp Summerill added that if a crime is taking place or someone is at immediate risk of harm, people should call 999 straightway. Otherwise incidents can be reported online or by calling 101.
How the incident in Bradley Stoke on 13th December 2016 was reported by police on Twitter
Related link: Bristol burglar who appeared in ‘jailfie’ scandal pictures went on crime spree after release (Bristol Post).
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