Three jewellery looters remanded in custody


Three defendants have been remanded in custody after appearing at Hatfield magistrates on Friday, 12 August, charged with burglary. A fourth has been released on conditional bail. All pleaded not guilty.

They were part of a mob that gathered around 10pm on Sunday, 7 August in Waltham Cross town centre and subsequently looted two jewellers.

On 11 August, the CPS advised charging four people with burglary and one of them with a second charge of violent disorder.

CPS Crown Advocate Helena Burman said:

'Having appeared in court charged with burglary, I can confirm that Emma Webb, 23, of High Road, Turnford, Broxbourne and Daniel O'Harro, 19 today, of  Hurst Drive, Waltham Cross, were both remanded in custody. They were part of a mob that stole £20,000 of jewellery and watches from Ozcan jewellers. O'Harro was also charged with violent disorder.

'I can also confirm that Matthew Ford, 22, of High Street, Waltham Cross, and a 16 year-old youth from Waltham Cross, appeared in court charged with burglary. They were part of a mob that stole jewellery valued between £2,000 and £3,000 from Vallens jewellers. Ford was remanded in custody, while the youth was released on conditional bail with a curfew.

'All four defendants have denied their involvement through their not guilty pleas. They will appear on 7 October at Stevenage magistrates' court, for a committal for trial hearing.'

'A number of others have been arrested as part of the same incident and further arrests and charges are likely. We will bring all the perpetrators of this appalling incident to justice.'