CPS refuses to accept pair’s guilty pleas on East Anglian burglaries

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Two men have admitted conspiracy to burgle homes across Suffolk and Norfolk, but their plea was not accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service who say they committed 30.

Matthew Bryan and Lee Heane appeared today at Ipswich Crown Court where they also pleaded not guilty to four firearms offences.

The court heard the guilty to the burglary charges was not acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service as it related to fewer properties than was alleged.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said it was alleged that Bryan and Heane had committed around 30 burglaries, nine of them in Suffolk and six in Norfolk.

Bryan, 25, of Glenhills Boulevard, Leicester and Heane, 26, of Radford Drive, Leicester, both pleaded not guilty to being in possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition when prohibited from doing so.

The court was told that the men were allegedly prohibited from being in possession of any firearm or ammunition as a result of having been in prison.

It is alleged that in addition to having a quantity of shotgun cartridges, Bryan and Heane were in possession of a Beretta semi-automatic shotgun and a Browning shotgun between December 7 and 17, 2016.

The burglary offences are alleged to have been committed between October 17 2016 and January 5.

Judge Rupert Overbury told Bryan and Heane they would continue to be remanded in custody until a further hearing on April 20 when the CPS will give further details about whether a trial will be required.