Man admits carrying out seven New Forest burglaries
A MAN has admitted carrying out seven burglaries in the New Forest in just under four weeks.
Zachary Southern (27), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty in Southampton Magistrates' Court on Friday to the offences, committed between 18th December last year and 13th January.
In the first, on 18th December, he took bikes and a paddleboard from a garage on Beaulieu Road, Dibden Purlieu.
Between 3rd and 4th January, Southern broke into a home on Woodside Close, Marchwood, and stole electrical items, and on 4th January took a bike from a shed on Spindlewood Way in the village.
He broke into a garage on Kings Road, Lymington, on 11th January, and between 12th and 13th January, Southern hit two sheds and a garage on Woodlands Road, Woodlands, where he stole a bike, an inflatable kayak and an outboard engine.
Chief Inspector Helen Andrews said tackling burglary was a district priority for Hampshire police.
“We want the local communities to be reassured that our neighbourhood policing teams are doing all that they can within their powers to prioritise investigative opportunities for all reported burglaries in the area.
“We understand the impact that burglars like Southern have on our local communities and that’s why we continue to have increased patrols and remain committed to seizing all opportunities we have to bring those responsible to justice.
“We would continue to ask that residents remain vigilant and report all criminal and suspicious activity through the normal channels – by either calling 101 or via the Hampshire Constabulary online reporting tool.”
Southern also admitted a drug-driving charge after he was stopped in Southampton on 13th November last year, testing positive for cocaine.
Southern will be sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on 15th April.