Jail for woman who raided several Thurrock homes

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A woman who conspired to burgle dozens of homes across Essex and east London has been jailed – a fortnight after her partner and accomplice went to prison.

Lindsay Hilden, 37, of no fixed address, was jailed for three years at Basildon Crown Court today (Friday, August 18) for conspiracy to burgle and burglary. She admitted these offences on Friday, June 23.

Between December 13, 2016, and February 1, 2017, police received reports of burglary across nine locations – Aveley, Canvey Island, Chadwell Heath, Ilford, Grays, Rainham, Romford, Stanford-le Hope and Westcliff.

Officers investigated the burglaries and around at least 40 were linked to Hilden and Peter Flowers, 43, also of no fixed address.

They were arrested by officers close to the scene of a burglary in Coombewood Drive, Chadwell Heath, in the early hours of Wednesday, February 1.

Flowers was sentenced on Friday, August 4, at Basildon Crown Court for six years for conspiracy to burgle, three years for burglary, one month for possession of an offensive weapon, 42 days for driving while disqualified, 21 days for failing to stop and seven days for possession of cocaine. The sentences will run concurrently. He admitted the offences on Friday, March 24.

Investigating officer Pc Michael Brimfield said: “Today’s sentence marks the end of a complex investigation that involved 40 investigations involving over 60 victims who suffered at the hands of two prolific burglars.

“Hilden, like Flowers, has shown no remorse for her actions throughout this case. They left a trial of destruction as they carried out a large number of burglaries over a short period of time, most of which occurred during the festive period.

“As this case comes to its conclusion, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone involved with this case. I hope both sentences offer some justice to their victims.”

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