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Burglar jailed for breaching court order

Liam Raybould
Liam Raybould

A man’s been jailed after breaching an earlier community order imposed by the court following a burglary conviction.

Liam Raybould, 39, of Martock, was under a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement having been convicted of burglaries which happened in Constable Close, Yeovil, in November 2018.

On Thursday 28 November he was jailed for a total of three years and eight months for the original burglaries and new offences including aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, possessing cannabis and shop theft.

Raybould was also further disqualified from driving for 34 months and must take an extended retest before getting behind the wheel again.

Avon and Somerset Police take burglary very seriously and are committed to identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice. While officers are working hard to target offenders and reduce offences, we all have a part to play in keeping our homes safe by securing our property.

You can help by:

  • locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out
  • making sure your door is locked by turning the key – some ‘paddle and stub’-handled doors might seem to be locked by lifting the handle, but can still be opened from outside
  • keeping windows and doors secure if you’re not in the same room
  • fitting a letterbox cage
  • hiding your handbag or wallet, keys and other portable valuables safely out of sight
  • keeping tools locked up in a secure shed or garage
  • making sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs window

All these things add up to put a burglar off targeting your home – as does joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

More home security advice

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. It’s 999 if a crime is in progress, otherwise ring 101.