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Victim of St Austell burglary calls for prosecution of thieves who broke into his home

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

BURGLARY VICTIM: Local businessman Steve Hurst is calling for the thieves who burgled his home to be prosecuted. BOTL20120313B-005_C

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A BURGLARY victim is calling for the thieves who broke into his home to "do the time for their crime".

St Austell businessman Steve Hurst had his home in Trelake Road broken into before Christmas – before the burglars came back three more times.

"We feel we have had our space invaded, we feel threatened, and now we want to see due process of the law. It would help us feel a bit more secure," said the St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce member.

Mr Hurst said on the first break-in, the burglars damaged his garage door, costing him nearly £2,000 to replace, stole tools including a chainsaw, a Timberland jacket, and took a triangular rear window worth £200 out of his car.

"I believe that window was stolen to order. All the indications point to the fact these aren't just opportunists," he added.

In one attempt, Mr Hurst said, the burglars tried to break into the main part of the house through a kitchen window.

"I think they came back for a second bite of the cherry," he said.

"On the last attempt I actually saw them, about two weeks ago. The security lights went on so I went out of the back door and saw two of them in the driveway and one round the back of the house. It's frightening when you realise what you're confronted with. But I'll give the police their due, their response was very fast."

At the time the Cornish Guardian went to press, Detective Constable Richard Schofield said no one had been arrested in connection with the crime.

"I'm trying to pressure the police into prosecuting these people instead of giving them a slap on the wrist because that doesn't give them a criminal record," said Mr Hurst. "It doesn't give people like me the satisfaction of seeing them get punished."

Sergeant Paul Jones, from St Austell Police, said: "We obviously get the evidence together but we don't always make the decision about how they are going to be punished.

"We also have to take into account previous offence history, but if it's sufficient to charge it, then the matter goes to court.

"We can obviously make suggestions but it's the court that decides the punishment."

Anyone with information on this crime can call police on 101, quoting GA/13/105.

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  • dee_2  |  January 25 2013, 5:53PM

    When you read things like this you have to wonder what is happening to this country. The first thing the coalition did when it took office was to let out certain categories of prisoners who had not served their full time in prison. What a signal this must have sent to the criminal fraternity. Then we hear that the police are being cut - another plus sign for would-be burglars etc. Then we hear they are now closing several prisons. Keep on like this and crime will no longer be a crime then we can shut all the prisons - think of the savings that could be made. Oh dear, they already have.

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  • josdave  |  January 25 2013, 10:35AM

    I have known a couple of victims of burglary and one of them even now is afraid to leave her home. It is a very traumatic event and far too often the cowardly despicable thieves are just given a slap on the wrist and told "Don't do it again". I think the courts should start considering the victims more than they do now and forget about the human rights of the burglars which they forfeit, in my opinion, when they decide to ruin someones life.

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