Four men charged over linked Hampshire burglaries

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FOUR men have been charged in connection with a series of linked burglaries across the county.

Colin Kedrick, 29, of Westfield Street, in Southsea, is accused of taking cigarettes and tobacco from a Co-op in Petersfield worth £3,316, and another £20,000 worth from a Spar shop in London Road, Horndean.

Also charged as part of Operation Hercules were brothers Mark Way, 26, from Gorse Road, in Petersfield, and 21-year-old Billy Way, of Newbolt Road, Paulsgrove. They are accused of stealing a watch, knife and phone charger from a property in High View, Portchester, on May 26. Mark Way was also charged with possession of a knife and handling a stolen mountain bike.

Andrew Smith, 25, of Cheltenham Road, Portsmouth, was accused of breaking into a house in Catherington Lane, in Waterlooville, on March 4 this year, as well as an attempted burglary in Cranmore on the Isle of Wight, on April 26.

All four have been remanded in custody and two other people arrested during the police operation last month remain on bail.