Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Essex: Suspected ‘prolific burglar’ due in court today

PUBLISHED: 09:20 15 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:20 15 March 2014

A man suspected of being one of north Essex’s most prolific burglars is due in court today.

David Howard was the subject of a police operation to halt the recent increase in house burglaries in Braintree and Halstead.

Following a public appeal for information via local press and social media, the 48-year-old unemployed man was arrested on Kentworth Road, Braintree at 10.30am yesterday.

Officers had been contacted by residents after suspicious activity had been reported in the area.

Braintree’s policing district commander, Chief Insp Richard Melton, said: “We would like to thank the residents of Braintree for their help throughout the week and for their support and co-operation.

“The police helicopter was deployed on Monday to help find David Howard following a number of sightings of suspicious activity in and around the town centre.

“As a result of his picture and details appearing on Essex Police’s Facebook page, a member of the public called us on Friday morning and he was arrested.

“Hopefully, this will put a dent in the burglary spree that has hit Braintree and Halstead in March.”

David Howard, of no fixed address, has been charged with committing three burglaries in Braintree, two burglaries in Halstead, one attempted burglary in Braintree, one count of dangerous driving relating to an incident on Godlings Way on March 10, one associated count of driving while disqualified and a count of driving without insurance. He was also wanted on recall to prison for breaching his licence conditions.

He has been detained in police custody prior to his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A “sadistic” Essex woman who forced children to fight each other for food and threw them across the room as part of a “game” has been jailed for four years.

Linkin Park singer and Ipswich Town supporter Chester Bennington has died aged 41, Los Angeles County coroner has said.

A paramedic for the East of England Ambulance Service has been suspended for six months on grounds of misconduct for failing to provide the correct care to a patient whose heart had stopped.

A 1,000-signature strong petition could not save the Ipswich free shuttle bus when members of the county council backed plans to withdraw funding for the service from the end of the month.

Members of Suffolk County Council have backed the authority’s decision to formally oppose the closure of nine pedestrian crossings over rail lines in the area.

A north Essex hospice has unveiled plans to build a nursing home in a coastal Essex town – in a move that would make it the first hospice in the country to run such a facility.

Five new Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed for Essex.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24