Man charged over burglary at champion shooter’s home

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George Digweed SUS-150422-154151001

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A man has been charged in connection with a violent burglary at the home of champion clay pigeon shooter George Digweed in February.

Mark Love, 37, of Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on June 13 charged with aggravated burglary at Mr Digweed’s home in Ewhurst Lane, Northiam, on February 21.

Love is alleged to have broken into the property armed with a hammer.

Two shotguns, trophies and cash were among the items alleged to have been taken in the raid.

A Toyota Hilux car was also stolen.

Love has also been charged with murdering Roy Blackman, 73, between March 18 and March 21, at his bungalow in Biddenden, Kent.

Mr Blackman was bludgeoned to death and his body was found on March 21.

Love pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Love has been remanded in custody and a pre-trial hearing will be held on July 20.

He will stand trial on September 5.

Mr Digweed, who is originally from Hastings, has been extremely successful in clay pigeon shooting, winning 26 World Championships, 18 European Championships, 116 International Championships, 16 World Cups, 10 European Cups and 11 British and English Championships and has an MBE.

The 51-year-old and his wife Kate, 47, were at home during the burglary.

Speaking after the incident, Mr Digweed thanked everyone who sent messages of support to the family and praised Sussex Police for their investigation.

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