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Prolific Gosport burglar jailed for more than six years

Portsmouth Crown Court

Prolific burglar Nicky Russell has today (Thursday 5 November) been jailed for more than six years for offences including burglary and handling stolen goods.

The 40-year-old, of Parklands Close in Gosport, admitted the following at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday 31 July:

A further 12 burglaries, a bike theft and a criminal damage committed by Russell were taken into consideration by the Judge when passing sentence.

During a previous hearing on 9 September, Russell burst into tears in the dock as one of his victim’s read out a statement about the effect the burglary had on her.

His Honour Judge William Ashworth, who claimed that Russell had operated as a ‘professional burglar and thiefsentenced the defendant to six years and four months in prison.

Following the sentencing, PC Nick Jackson from the Operation Hawk team, said: “This is a fantastic result for the community. Russell had been causing misery to countless people with his selfish criminality.

“I hope this provides some closure to those affected by his offending, and reassures the public that we are committed to tackling those who cause the most harm to our communities and will bring them to justice.”