Men jailed for Southend burglary

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Two men have been sent to prison for burgling a Southend home – with one of them found in possession of a knife.

Michael Shannon, 40, and Jason Winn, 34, of no fixed address, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday 23 August.

Winn received 18 months for burglary and six months for possession of a knife, both to run consecutively. He also received a six month concurrent sentence for threatening behaviour.

Shannon received 16 months for burglary and one month concurrently for breaching a suspended sentence order.

James Cook, 31, of no fixed address, received 18 months for the burglary on Friday October 11.

On August 23 this year, all three men gained entry to a property in York Road at around 6.40am.

They left with a computer console and games, which were recovered after Winn and Cook were arrested close to the scene.

Winn was found in possession of a knife and became abusive while he was in hospital after he reported feeling unwell. Shannon was arrested later that day.

Investigating officer DC Shelley Utley, of Southend CID, said: “These men are opportunists and once they’d established a way to enter a property, they took it.

“They then carried out a search of the home while the occupants were out.

“Fortunately, a member of the public spotted the men acting suspiciously and called us.

“It didn’t take us long to find all three men, with two arrested near to the scene and the other arrested just hours later.

“They will now all spend time in a prison cell to think about their actions.”

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Mick Ferris

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