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Prolific Hendon burglar found hiding in shed

A Met Police investigation has led to the successful conviction of a prolific Hendon burglar.

Bryan Mockble, 60, of no fixed address, was sentenced to six-and-a half years in prison after admitting four burglary offences in the Hendon area between December 2023 and May 2024.

Mockble was convicted of four breaches of existing criminal behaviour orders and had previous burglary convictions considered during sentencing. On Friday, 10 May, Hendon officers responded to a report of a man acting suspiciously at Elm Close, NW4.


Officers, assisted by police dogs and a helicopter, found Mockble hiding in a garden shed with a stolen racing bike and a bottle of whisky. Further investigation revealed Mockble was also wanted for three other burglaries in North West London.

Inspector Yu Zhang, who leads the North West Neighbourhoods team and the investigation, said: “As part of our A New Met for London engagement events we have carried out locally, we actively listened to the concerns of our communities. Your voices have been heard and we are dedicated to reducing crime through community crime fighting initiatives.

“We are dedicated to reducing crime through these plans, operating in five boroughs across north west London and collaborating with partners. Our goal is to address issues effectively, enhance safety, build trust and minimise criminal activity across London.

“Apprehending prolific offenders like Bryan Mockble is a crucial aspect of our strategy and this is an excellent result.”

Mockble pleaded guilty to all charges at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 7 June. He was sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 25 June.

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