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Police bid to return £2m in burgled goods to owners

Haul: Items recovered from a prolific crime gang by Cambridgeshire police who are asking for the owners to come forward PICTURES: SWNS

DETECTIVES who nailed a £2m burglary gang are attempting to reunite the owners of thousands of items they stole during an 11-month crime spree.

The 12 members of the extended-family gang have been jailed for a total of 71 years for raiding up to 250 properties across five counties.

Police have released photographs of stolen jewellery, watches and medals recovered during their investigation.

The haul, which was discovered at a number of addresses, included Rolex watches, diamond rings and a Kuwait War medal.

The men, aged 20 to 55, were jailed at Norwich crown court last month and police are now hoping to return the items to their rightful owners.

Judge Stephen Holt said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever come across as serious a conspiracy to burgle in terms of the sheer amounts stolen, the number of properties broken into and most importantly the lives left devastated by people having their homes invaded and damaged by you.’

Gang members covered their faces with balaclavas and forced their way into homes and businesses through doors and windows in broad daylight.

The raids were mainly on rural homes, where they stole high-powered vehicles to out-run police, but the gang also targeted commercial premises, post offices and ATMs.

Family band: Mugshots of the gang responsible for the burglaries

The nine members of the gang who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary were —

■ Charlie Albert Webb, 20, from Newton Flotman, Norfolk, jailed for five years.

■ John Eli Loveridge, 42, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk, jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

■ John Stanley Loveridge, 23, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk, jailed for six-and-a-half years.

■ Joseph Holmes, 21, of Schole Road, Willingham, jailed for four years.

■ Danny Stone-Parker, 28, of Braintree Road, Great Dunmow, jailed for six-and-a-half years.

■ Timothy Stone-Parker, 24, of Clay Way, Ely, jailed for six-and-a-half years.

■ Joe John Spencer Loveridge, 19, of Winchester Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, jailed for four years.

■ Richard Oakley, 27, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk, jailed for five years.

■ Johnny Oakley, 25, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk, jailed for five-and-a-half years.

A tenth man, Simon Oakley, 45, of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle on 31 October following a trial. He was jailed for nine years.

Norfolk and Cambridge suffered a similar number of burglaries but the men also stole from properties in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire.

Police said the burglary rate in Norfolk halved after the gang was arrested in December 2017.

Police said those who believed items belonged to them should get in touch with their details and include a crime number and proof of purchase or photographs.

Two other men — James Pateman, 55, of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, 54, of Fen Road, Chesterton, Cambridge — were also found guilty of handling stolen goods on 31 October following a trial at Norwich crown court.

The court heard the men were involved in the disposal of jewellery between 12 March and 7 November, 2017.

Smash and grab: The gang was also responsible for this ATM theft in East Cambridgeshire

Pateman was jailed for three-and-a-half years and Brown eight years.

Simon Oakley, who owns Stratton Quick Fit, a garage and workshop at Elite Business Park in Salamanca Road, Norwich, had previously admitted possession of a firearm without a certificate and handling stolen goods.

He provided false registration plates and directed others to commit crime. He helped to hide stolen vehicles and pass them off as legitimate.