Jury find woman formerly of Great Cornard not guilty of plotting burglaries

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

A former Suffolk woman accused of being involved in a plot to carry out a string of burglaries in the west of the county has been cleared by a jury.

Eleven burglaries were committed at rural properties in the area of Sudbury, Great Cornard, Clare and Long Melford between September 15 and September 22 last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

During the burglaries rooms were disturbed and drawers pulled out and property including jewellery was stolen, said Matthew Butcher, prosecuting.

Before the court was Jennifer Durrell, 29, formerly of Lower Reeve, Great Cornard and now living in South Woodham Ferrers, who denied an offence of conspiracy to burgle.

The court heard that Durrell was in her car with some men when the vehicle was stopped on September 23 last year.

When the Peugeot was searched stolen jewellery was found in a storage pocket and in the back of the car.

Footprints found at the scene of the break-ins were linked to the men in the car, said Mr Butcher.

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During a search of a shed at Durrell’s home in Great Cornard, glassware and crystal decanters were found which were identified as property stolen during a burglary.

Giving evidence Durrell denied any knowledge of the jewellery found in her car or the glassware found in a shed at her home.

She also denied knowing anything about the burglaries or being involved in them.

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