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Burglars from Eye and Lowestoft handed jail sentences for "prolific string of offences"

Two men have been jailed for burglary after committing a string of offences in Suffolk and across the country.

Shane Phillips, 25, of New Street in Eye and Tim Moyle, 26, previously of Anchor Street in Lowestoft, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the offences.

Phillips was given a sentence of two years and two months, while Moyle was sentenced to two years.

Shane Phillips and Tim Moyle. Pictures: Suffolk Police
Shane Phillips and Tim Moyle. Pictures: Suffolk Police

The non-dwelling burglaries took place between May 4 and June 19 of 2020, with the pair targetting a business called Mowerfix Ltd in Worcestershire, the cricket ground at Ingham in North-Norfolk, Walsham-Le-Willows Sports Club and Bungay and District Sports club in North-Suffolk.

Phillips also pleaded guilty to a further burglary on August 19 last year in Snape, Suffolk.

The total amount stolen in the offences amounted to nearly £40,000 worth of equipment.

Phillips was jailed for two years and two months
Phillips was jailed for two years and two months

Both men asked for numerous other offences to be taken into consideration, which involved churches, community centres, sport grounds and infrequently schools.

Phillips asked for 58 other offences to be taken into consideration, with 38 further offences considered for Moyle.

The break-ins primarily secured gardening tools, lawn mowers and ground maintenance tools, but also took food, fuel and power tools, including site equipment and larger objects including mini diggers and dumper trucks.

The approximate value of the amount stolen in these other crimes is thought to be in the region of £122,000.

Moyle was jailed for two years
Moyle was jailed for two years

Ed Vincent Investigating officer of Lowestoft CID said: "I am extremely pleased with the sentence, bearing in mind their guilty pleas and it reflects the seriousness and the prolific nature of the offending and the period of time in which it occurred.

"It was a great piece of team work as well, in particular thanks to our police colleagues as West Mercia and had it not been for their efforts in laying the operational groundwork before their arrest it is strongly believed the pair would have continued in their activities to commit further crimes.

"I should also like to pay tribute to the Op Converter team who travelled considerable distances and worked long days to capture as many offences in the TIC schedule as possible."

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