Four looters charged with burglary at jewellers in Waltham Cross

12/08/2011

On August 11, the CPS in Hertfordshire has advised charging four people with burglary, following looting at two jewellers in Waltham Cross town centre, after a mob gathered around 10pm on Sunday night.

Crown Advocate Helena Burman worked until after midnight with police at Hoddesdon police station, having spent the previous day working in the CPS' St Albans office as usual. 

Helena said today: 'Having examined the evidence available to me last  night, I can confirm I have advised police to charge four people with burglary, following a looting spree at two jewellery shops on the night of Sunday, 7 August and morning of Monday, 8 August.

'In the first incident, I have advised charging Emma Webb, 23, of High Road, Turnford, Broxbourne and Daniel O'Harro, 19 today, of  Hurst Drive, Waltham Cross, with burglary. They were part of a mob that stole £20,000 of jewellery and watches from Ozcan jewellers. O'Harro will also face a charge of violent disorder.

'In the second incident, I have advised charging Matthew Ford, 22, of High Street, Waltham Cross, and a 16-year-old youth from Waltham Cross, with burglary. They were part of a mob that stole jewellery valued between £2,000 and £3,000 from Vallens jewellers.'

Acting Daytime Charging Manager (CPS Thames and Chiltern), Adria Holder, said: 'These copycat crimes occurred on the back of the riots that occurred in London and other cities around the country.

'The police, CPS and courts are working robustly around the clock to ensure that anyone who commits these types of offences will be investigated, charged and brought before the courts promptly to be punished for their crimes, which will not be tolerated in a civilised society.'

The four defendants were due to appear before Hatfield magistrates today, 12 August.