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Man charged after attempted break-ins by ‘trying door handles’ in West Bridgford

A man has been charged by detectives investigating a string of quick-fire attempted burglaries.

Officers received reports of someone trying door handles in the West Bridgford area on Tuesday (30 August).

Three break-in attempts took place within the space of 90 minutes, with a house in Hexham Close being targeted twice.

In between these two incidents, a man on a bike was also spotted trying to get through a garden gate at a house in Ascott Gardens.

The cyclist, Martyn Neill, was unsuccessful in managing to get inside the property on all three occasions, before then leaving the scene.

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After carrying out a swift search of the area, officers managed to locate Neill and arrested him an hour later.

The 46-year-old was charged with three counts of attempted burglary.

Neill, of Valeside Gardens, Colwick, appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (1 September), where he pleaded guilty to the charges.

He has been remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on 5 October 2022.

Detective Constable Shelley Taylor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thanks to the swift response of our officers, we have charged someone with these incidents, which all took place in the middle of the day.

“Cracking down on burglary is a key priority for us as a force, for the simple reason that we understand how much of an impact these types of offences can have on people’s lives.

“Nobody has the right to intrude into another person’s house with the intention of taking something that doesn’t belong to them.

“Everyone is entitled to feel safe within the walls of their own home, which is why we’re so committed to rooting out the causes of these crimes.”

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