More years are added to burglars' jail sentences
A HEARING held at the Court of Appeal has seen the sentences of two prolific burglars who hit homes across mid Somerset increased.
Michael McDonagh and Patrick Connors were jailed after an investigation by Avon and Somerset's Serious Crime Group earlier this year.
Both McDonagh and Connors had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle 42 homes. Some of these incidents, in which they targeted elderly and vulnerable people, were captured on camera.
Following today's hearing in London, McDonagh's sentence was increased from seven to nine years and Connors sentence was also increased by a year.
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The burglaries were committed in Glastonbury, Street, Gurney Slade, Bruton and Shepton Mallet.
there were also raids in Bristol, Bath, Keynsham, Little Stoke, Winterbourne, and Clevedon. The pair also travelled to Hereford, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Shalbourne near Hungerford, Bodmin, Newquay, Polperro, Abbotsbury, Dorchester, Halford near Stratford-upon-Avon, Cumnor Hill near Oxford, Nailsworth and Tetbury.
They were caught after a police chase in January. During the pursuit they attempted to dispose of items including a distinctive Russian-style hat with ear flaps that McDonagh wore in the burglaries.
Detective Inspector Tina Robinson said: "We are pleased that these sentences have been increased to reflect the severity of these crimes. Burglary can have a devastating impact on people's lives, particularly elderly people and those that live alone.
"I hope this case goes to show that we will continue to target those that prey on society's most vulnerable people, and bring them to justice."
Call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Callers are never asked for their name or the call traced. You can also contact police in confidence via the website www.avon andsomerset.police.uk/contact.