5 July 2024 07:00 Jail term for burglar found hiding in garden shed A prolific burglar has been jailed for over six years after officers, acting on concerns from the community, located and arrested Bryan Mockble in Hendon.

A Met Police investigation has led to the successful conviction of a prolific Hendon burglar.

Bryan Mockble, 60 (08.04.64), of no fixed address, was sentenced to six-and-a half years in prison after admitting four to burglary offences in the Hendon area between December 2023 and May 2024.

He was also convicted of four breaches of existing criminal behaviour orders relating to previous offending.

The magistrate took into account Mockble’s previous burglary convictions when handing down the sentence.

On Friday, 10 May, local Hendon officers responded to a report at Elm Close, NW4 from a concerned member of the public after a man was seen acting suspiciously, trying car door handles and moving in and out of different properties.

Officers responded quickly to the call and arrived at the scene within minutes. Utilising police dogs and a police helicopter, the officers conducted a thorough search leading to the discovery and arrest of Mockble hiding in a garden shed. Mockble was found in possession of a stolen racing bike and a bottle of whisky.

Upon further investigation after his arrest, it was discovered that Mockble was also wanted in connection with three burglaries in other areas of North West London.

Community crime fighting is essential for reducing crime rates, rebuilding trust and strengthening the relationship between the officers and the communities they serve. As set out in the A New Met for London, officers are actively addressing community concerns, such as burglaries by listening to residents’ worries and dedicating resources to combat these crimes.

Inspector Yu Zhang, who leads the North West Neighbourhoods team and the investigation, said:

“As part of our A New Met for London engagement events we have carried out locally, we actively listened to the concerns of our communities. Your voices have been heard and we are dedicated to reducing crime through community crime fighting initiatives.

“We are dedicated to reducing crime through these plans, operating in five boroughs across north west London and collaborating with partners. Our goal is to address issues effectively, enhance safety, build trust and minimise criminal activity across London.

“Apprehending prolific offenders like Bryan Mockble is a crucial aspect of our strategy and this is an excellent result.”

Mockble pleaded guilty to all charges at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 7 June. He was sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 25 June.

Other incidents in the Cricklewood and Childs Hill area occurred. In December 2023, there was an attempted break in at a flat on Hamilton Road, NW1. The suspect tried to enter through an unlocked door but was deterred by the owner’s dog. On 17 January, another incident occurred at Wycombe Road, NW11, where a laptop and a phone were stolen. Mockble was also involved in a theft at Agave Road, NW2, where a PlayStation 5 with an estimated of £500 was taken.

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