Third man convicted of robbery at Ongar home of cycling legend

Mick Ferris

A man who spent 19 months attempting to evade justice has been convicted of his part in a violent robbery at the home of British cycling champion Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta.

The couple’s home, in the Ongar area, was entered by a number of men in the early hours of Saturday November 27 2021.

Mr Cavendish was seriously assaulted and violently threatened in front of his family.

The intruders left with a Louis Vuitton suitcase and two watches.

Two men, Ali Sesay and Romario Henry, have already been convicted and were sentenced to a combined total of 35 years in February this year.

At that stage, two men remained outstanding, one of whom was Jo Jobson.

On June 5, Jobson was arrested and questioned on suspicion of robbery and GBH.

The 26-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with two counts of robbery, both relating to the incident in November 2021.

Jobson denied all charges and a five-day trial was held at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Today, Monday October 30, Jobson was found guilty of both counts. He will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Atkin, who has led the investigation, said: “We know the group responsible for this are connected to organised crime. This robbery was targeted and it was violent. More than anything else, it was carried out in front of Mark and Peta’s young family.

“Jobson’s conviction leaves just one final piece of the jigsaw – and that is George Goddard.

“Goddard remains outstanding and we are continuing our efforts to locate him and I would reiterate my message to him; you cannot stay hidden forever; those who may be helping you cannot help you forever. It is in your best interests to come forward.”

Goddard is from Loughton but has connections across east London.

Anyone with information on Goddard should contact us on 101 and cite ‘Operation Chamber’.

You can also report any information on the men to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by submitting a report on their website at


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