Man charged with house burglary

December 21 2016

A STAPLE HILL man has been charged with burglary following a break-in at a house in Soundwell.

A STAPLE HILL man has been charged with burglary following a break-in at a house in Soundwell. 

Martin Hickey, 57, appeared before Bristol Magistrates Court charged with a burglary in Soundwell Road which took place on Monday November 28. 

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Bristol Crown Court in the New Year. 

The charge comes after police issued alert to residents of Soundwell after a number of daytime burglaries. 

Officers continue to investigate a further six break-ins which happened on Thursday December 1 in Chedworth, Yew Tree Drive and Station Road.

Thieves smashed rear patio doors or side windows to get into homes to steal jewellery, cash and computer equipment, although on three occasions they left empty-handed. 

In one incident a householder was at home when they heard their window smash and saw two men run away empty-handed. 

The three homes in Chedworth were burgled between 10am and 3.30pm. One householder has reported that nothing appears to have been taken, but bank cards, jewellery, a laptop and cash from a child’s purse were stolen. 

Between 11am and 12.20pm the same day thieves broke into two homes in Yew Tree Drive. They left empty-handed from one address, but stole jewellery including a gold ladies’ watch, a man’s signet ring and a bottle filled with coins. They also opened children’s Christmas cards. 

Finally a householder was at home in Station Road at about 12.20pm when they heard their window smash. Two men ran away empty-handed when the occupant shouted at them. 

One suspect was described as a young white man, aged in his teens or 20s, of medium to slim build, wearing a dark navy blue hoody and dark-coloured jeans or jogging bottoms. The second suspect wore similar clothing. 

Door-to-door enquiries identified a number of witnesses who also saw two young men running down the street at about the same time and who heard banging or crashing noises. 

Neighbourhood Inspector Clive Summerill said: “Everyone can help to make their neighbourhood safer by checking, safely, if they hear breaking glass or an alarm sounding. If you see anyone suspiciou

s at your neighbour’s property or making off call 999 immediately. We still want to know even if you don’t see anyone, but in that case please call 101.” 

Anyone with any information which could help police enquiries into these burglaries is asked to get in touch online,, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5216267005.