Two men jailed after village jewellery raids in West Suffolk

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Two men who burgled village homes to steal thousands of pounds worth of jewellery have been jailed.

The daylight raids at Fornham All Saints, Great Barton and Thurston resulted in the loss of many items of sentimental value.

Ipswich Crown Court heard today how little of the stolen jewellery, valued at more than £80,000, had been recovered.

Robbie Sharp, 29, of St Georges Park Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea and Timothy Price, 32, of no fixed address both pleaded guilty to burglary. Sharp admitted three offences and Price five offences.

Jailing the men, Judge David Goodin said: “It was a planned spree with most distressing depredations upon the property and most significantly the lives of others.”

The victims had ‘part of their lives stolen from them forever’, said Judge Goodin who rejected defence claims that there had been little planning involved in targeting houses.

Sharp was jailed for six years and four months and Price for six years. The court heard that both had numerous previous convictions.