Woman, 23, jailed after admitting burglaries

Jessica Hay from St Leonards is featured on the left'Jailed for four years for burglary
Jessica Hay from St Leonards is featured on the left'Jailed for four years for burglary

A young St Leonards woman has been jailed for four years after admitting breaking into several homes and businesses across 1066 Country.

Jessica Hay, 23, of Southwater Road, was jailed earlier this month at Lewes Crown Court after admitting breaking into seven homes across Hastings and Rother districts.

She also admitted a charge of handling stolen goods.

Hay broke into homes in West Hill Road, Church Road, Westfield Lane, Tackleway and White Rock Gardens and breaking into shops in Queens Road, Hastings, and Bexhill Road, St Leonards.

She was arrested as part of a crackdown on burglary called Operation Magpie.

Police are currently visiting second hand dealers across the region to try to cut the bottom out of the burglary market. Officers are targeting second hand shops to look for stolen items being offered for sale and to give advice to shopkeepers on how they can prevent themselves being fooled into accepting criminal property.

It is being run as part of a three-week burglary campaign and for the first time involves four forces - Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley - working together to tackle the issue.

Among the other tactics being used by the four forces are extra patrols in areas where burglaries have been committed, regular conference calls between detectives across the region to share intelligence on crimes and criminals and the use of distinctive crime prevention displays.

Detective chief inspector Tanya Jones, of Sussex Police, said: “This is not about harassing second hand dealers but about working with them to tackle crime and help prevent them losing out financially.”