Bungling burglar gave ‘thumbs up’ to accomplices during break-in

Three men who attempted to break into a house in Hampton Gardens, Peterborough have been jailed.

The trio, two of whom are related, were caught by police thanks to a call from a member of the public who saw the crooks entering the garden of a home at the new-build estate.

Police were called at around 8.40pm on May 21 after the witness saw one man knock on the front door before peering through a window and giving a thumbs up to the other two men.

All three men then entered the garden at which point the witness called police on 999.

While on the phone, a loud smash was heard before one of the three men jumped the fence.

A few minutes later police arrived and arrested Uncle and nephew, Joseph and John Lamb, who attempted to run from the scene.

The third man, Phillip Kelly, 36, was arrested in nearby Hampton Water after fleeing the scene.

The Lambs, both of Bank Avenue in Hampton Centre, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at an earlier hearing. Joseph Lamb also admitted possessing a blade in a public place.

Both were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court today (August 10).

John Lamb, 22, was sentenced to nine months in prison and Joseph Lamb, 30, was sentenced to one year and three months in prison.

Kelly, of Flag Fen Road, Eastfield, also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to eight months in prison at Peterborough Crown Court today (August 10).

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DS Justin Parr, from the northern burglary team, said: “These three men had the audacity to break into a house in the middle of lockdown when most people were at home, in broad daylight.

“Thanks to the member of the public who was right to act on their suspicions and call 999, we managed to arrest the Lambs at the scene and Kelly nearby.

“This shows the importance of members of the public being the eyes and ears of our community – if you suspect something isn’t right, it more than likely isn’t.”

Anyone with information about suspicious activity is urged to report to police either online at www.cambs.police.uk/report or call 101. If a crime is in progress always call 999.

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