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Window cleaning burglar jailed

A man who conned his way into the homes of elderly victims to steal items of jewellery has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

David Thomas George Hampshire, 28 of Osborne Square, Dagenham, pleaded guilty to four charges of burglary at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 13 May.

On Monday, 10 June, at the same court, he was sentenced to five years and four months’ in jail.

The court heard that Hampshire had been employed as a window cleaner and persuaded victims to allow him entrance to their properties to use the toilet.

On 21 September 2018, Hampshire cleaned the windows of the first victim in Rosedale Road before returning the next day to collect payment.

On doing so, he asked whether he could use the toilet and was given permission to go upstairs unsupervised.

Later that day, the victim, aged 69, realised that a number of items of jewellery were missing and reported her suspicions to the company owner who said he would terminate Hampshire’s employment.

A few weeks later, Hampshire used the same methods to steal jewellery from properties on Walfrey Gardens and Farmway, Dagenham, which he had previously visited to clean windows.

In both cases, the victims recognised and trusted Hampshire and it was only a short time after he left their homes that they realised jewellery had been taken from their bedrooms.

Hampshire was arrested by police later that evening and was charged and remanded by police.

Later in November, another victim, aged 70, came forward to police reporting that jewellery had gone missing from her house in October and that she believed the suspect to be her former window cleaner David Hampshire.

He was arrested for a further offence, charged the same day and was remanded by police to appear before the courts.

Hampshire originally pleaded not guilty to all offences but following a thorough investigation by the Met’s East Area Command Unit, he changed his plea to guilty on the first day of his trial.

PC Raheel Sarwar, who led the investigation, said:“Hampshire deliberately targeted elderly individuals who trusted him and they have been left shaken by his deceitful actions.

“We hope this sentence provides them with some level of closure and shows we are committed to getting individuals like Hampshire off our streets.”