Sixteen people sentenced to a total of 38 years for burglary, theft and drug supply offences in Slough

12/10/2011

Sixteen people from Slough have been sentenced following a police operation that targeted individuals and organised crime groups suspected of committing burglary, theft and drug supply offences, mainly in the Britwell area of Slough.

All 16, together with four others yet to be sentenced, were arrested during the early hours of 19 April this year. They were charged on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The sentences were handed out at Reading Crown Court last week, over a three-day period (5, 6, and 7 October),  as follows:

  • Steven Smith (24) of Maple Crescent, Slough, was jailed for a total of four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • James Hookey (24) of Brighton Spur, Slough, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to handle stolen goods and was jailed for seven and a half years
  • Khudadad Daood (29) of Tuns Lane, Slough, was jailed for six years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • Curtis Montique (42) of Newhaven Spur, Slough, was jailed for six years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • Jamie Betts (19) of Doddsfield Road, Slough, was jailed for 23 months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods
  • Two 17-year-olds,cannot be named for legal reasons, were given a 12-month Youth Rehabilitation Order each, ordered to do unpaid work and given a curfew for 13 weeks
  • Peter Proctor (21) of Furnival Avenue, Slough, was jailed for a total of four years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods and conspiracy to handle stolen cars
  • Rodney Cox (19) of Calbroke Road, Slough, was jailed for 16 months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handling stolen goods
  • Harry Pearson (19) of Littlebrook Avenue, Slough, was given a 12-month community order after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods, with a requirement to be supervised for 12 months
  • Mandeep Flora (20) of Milton Road, Slough, was also given a 12-month community order and a 12-month supervision order
  • Jake Glasgow (18) of Biddles Close, Slough, was jailed for a total of two years and eight months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen cars
  • Nathan Briggs (20) of Doddsfield Road, Slough, was jailed for two years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen cars
  • Jermell Montique (21) of Moor Furlong, Slough, was given a six-month sentenced suspended for two years, has to do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £150 costs
  • A 15-year-old was given a 12-month referral order after he pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods
  • Anthony Robertson (21) of Eyre Green, Slough, was jailed for 33 months after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods.

CPS prosecutor Simon Heptonstall said: 'The CPS took a proactive stance to disrupt the criminals that destroy their local communities, through working closely with Thames Valley Police to target determined criminals operating on the Britwell Estate in Slough, where thefts of cars and theft of items from vehicles and houses were common.

'Such offences undermine the quality of life in the local area, causing great upset and disruption to lives, particularly when laptops that contain important work or treasured photographs are taken. In contrast to their true values, the stolen items are sold on through criminal networks for just tens of pounds, often to fuel drugs habits.

'The CPS worked closely with police in advising on the operation and preparing the cases for court.  In total there were 17 defendants involved in three different conspiracies. Depending on their age and degree of involvement, they received sentences ranging from onerous community orders up to seven and a half years in prison.

'It was a testament to the work of the officers and the preparation of the prosecutors that every defendant pleaded guilty and the need for a trial was thereby avoided.

'It is by this sort of dedicated and determined operation that the CPS helps the communities it serves. We shall work to destroy criminal networks wherever they are to be found. The effects of this operation will be felt for years to come.'

Giving his reaction to last week's sentences, Det. Ch. Insp. Kevin Brown said: 'Operation Raven followed months of investigation by Thames Valley Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), with local Slough and South Buckinghamshire officers, working together on intelligence and evidence gathering against some very prolific offenders who were causing misery to local communities and victims of crime.

'The personal trauma and upset to victims has been reflected in some of the sentencing that shows the courts will not accept large-scale conspiracies for whatever criminal purpose, be it theft, drugs or those criminals that facilitate it through the handling of stolen goods.

'The fact that these people have now been imprisoned for a considerable amount of time means that our neighbourhoods are an even safer place to live, work, and visit.

'Here in Slough, we take a robust approach in dealing with those who commit crime and the nature of the operation, the dedicated hard work of the case officers, excellent liaison with Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), alongside the sentences, are an excellent example of this.

'Those choosing to engage in criminality need to know that they will be challenged at every single opportunity.

'Slough residents have a right to be protected from criminality and they can rest assured this operation and other proactive police operations and partnership initiatives like it, will continue against those causing the most harm in our town.'

His Honour Judge John, who sentenced the individuals last week, described the operation as a conspicuous success on the Britwell estate, where the illicit trade in drugs had been ruining lives, adding to organised crime and contributing to offences of burglary violence and theft.

He commended all the CPS staff involved in the case, saying 'the court would like to commend in particular the diligence and attention to detail of the two Senior Crown Advocates who have prepared and presented these cases, Mr Alan Blake and Mr Simon Heptonstall.'

Four other defendants are yet to be sentenced. Three will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 21 October, for offences as follows:

  • A 17-year-old from Slough who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods
  • Jason Hicks (24) of Fairview Road, Slough, who pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods
  • Mohammed Latif (25) of Colonial Road, Slough, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen cars.

Karim Sai (36) of Teesdale Road, Slough, has pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods as part of the operation. A date is yet to be fixed for his sentencing.