Portsmouth man charged over burglaries at pub and students’ union

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POLICE have charged a man over two high-value break-ins.

James McCall appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court facing two charges of burglary.

He is accused of breaking into the University of Portsmouth’s Students’ Union in Cambridge Road, Old Portsmouth, and stealing laptops, cameras and video cameras worth £2,800 on April 20.

Ten days earlier, the 26-year-old is also alleged to have stolen a £700 overhead projector from the Isambard Kingdom Brunel pub in Guildhall Walk.

McCall, of Charles Street, Landport, did not enter any pleas at court. Magistrates ruled the case was so serious that it should be heard at Portsmouth Crown Court and released McCall on bail until September.