Man in court over burglaries

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A MAN has appeared in court accused of carrying out a string of burglaries in which schools and businesses were targeted.

Matthew Thresher has been charged with eight counts of burglary, spanning a seven-week period.

The 29-year-old is accused of breaking into Clanfield Junior School, in Waterlooville, and stealing £750 and stamps.

He is also accused of a burglary at Steep School in Petersfield, where a cash box with £140 inside was taken.

He is alleged to have burgled a building in North Lane, Waterlooville, where an air rifle and two remote control cars were taken and a doctors’ surgery in White Dirt Lane, Waterlooville, where £20 was stolen.

Thresher is accused of twice targeting a property management company in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst, stealing nearly £400 the first time and two laptops and other electronic equipment on the second occasion.

He is also alleged to have stolen cash and cigarettes worth just over £400 from Queensmead Village Shop in High Street, Beaulieu and £160 from another building in the same street.

The offences are all said to have taken place between October 4 and November 17 last year.

Thresher, 29, of South Lane, Waterlooville, did not enter any pleas when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court at a date to be fixed.