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Over six years in prison for two men charged for Formby burglary

Detectives working on ongoing Operation Castle are welcoming the sentencing of two men for a Formby burglary. Joseph Moran, 24, of Mildmay Road, Norris Green, and James Donnelley, 20, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a burglary at Windsor Road, Formby, which occurred on 7th September last year and handling stolen goods in relation to property stolen during a burglary at Barnfield Drive, West Derby, on 22nd September last year.

Both were sentenced to three years and one month in prison.

Moran’s girlfriend Jodie Symes, 26, of Pecksniff Close, Toxteth, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on 28th February for handling stolen goods in relation to the burglary at Barnfield Drive.

Detective Inspector Andy McCourt said: "Operation Castle has seen significant success in identifying, charging and bringing to justice burglars across Merseyside and we will continue this work, to carry out positive action and identify those responsible and remove them from the streets."

"If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, let us know and we will take positive action. Even if you think it is trivial information, let us make that assessment and if you can check your home CCTV or dashcam footage that can also provide vital evidence that helps us convict offenders. We regularly stop-check people acting suspiciously, which deters criminals from operating in these areas, so together we can make these areas hostile places for criminals to operate.”

Anyone with information on burglary is asked to contact our dedicated hotline and email address on 0151 777 7926 or You can also pass information to the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or you can call or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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