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Man jailed at Taunton Crown Court for burglary offences

A man pleading guilty to a series of burglary offences in Somerset was jailed last week at Taunton Crown Court.

Joshua Heal, of Burtle, Bridgwater, was handed a 16 month prison sentence on Thursday, 12 November for his part in a dwelling burglary that took place in in Wells overnight on 14 / 15 July, while the elderly occupiers were asleep in the property.

The 21-year-old stole a handbag and car keys before stealing the victims’ car, which was subsequently burnt out.

Heal was also sentenced to a further eight weeks’ imprisonment for a non-dwelling burglary committed whilst on court bail, which took place at the Fondo Lounge, Street on 6 August.

Two further offences taken into consideration for sentencing were a dwelling house burglary and the theft of a motor vehicle, which both took place in Street in February.

Operation Remedy officer Jim Card, investigating, said: “A great deal of effort has gone into investigating these offences and bringing together evidence for trial, which has helped bring about justice for Heal’s vulnerable victims.”

Operation Remedy is a proactive initiative across Avon and Somerset that targets residential burglary, knife crime and the illegal supply of controlled drugs.