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Man charged after series of Nottingham pub and shop burglaries

Police investigating a string of burglaries at shops and pubs in Nottingham have charged a suspect.

Alcohol, cash and high-value items including a £999 e-bike were stolen across a number of raids at commercial businesses between 11 October and 1 November.

Officers believed the perpetrator was also responsible for a dwelling-year burglary on 26 September, in which a Samsung tablet and money box containing around £50 was stolen from a house in Hemsby Gardens in Bulwell.

The commercial burglaries included:

  • Alcohol worth approximately £400 stolen from The Horseshoe Inn, in Station Road, Bulwell, on 11 October;
  • Alcohol worth approximately £200 stolen from The Lion Revived, in Robinsons Hill, Bulwell, along with £200 cash on 15 October;
  • Alcohol and cash of an unknown value stolen from Bar Eleven, in Goose Gate, Nottingham, on 19 October;
  • £100 cash stolen from Stick and Ribbon, in Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, on 23 October;
  • A £999 e-bike stolen from Next, at Victoria Shopping Centre, Nottingham, on 29 October;
  • Jewellery of an unknown value stolen from Silver Lining , in Hounds Gate, Nottingham, on 1 November.

A suspect was arrested on 2 November after being spotted by the city centre’s Operation Compass team in Clumber Street. He was further arrested after heroin was found during a search.

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James Briggs, of no fixed address, has been charged with six counts of burglary other than a dwelling, one count of dwelling burglary and possession of a Class A drug.

The 40-year-old appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 3 November and was remanded into custody until his next court appearance, at Nottingham Crown Court, on 1 December.

Sergeant Jonathan Pothecary, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was a fantastic arrest by the Operation Compass team, who spotted the suspect while carrying out patrols in the city centre.

“The impact of burglary on local businesses and residents can be severe, which is why we treat all reports seriously and we will continue our relentless work to put suspects before the courts.”

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