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WATCH: Terrifying moment burglars smash their way through front door of Bridgnorth house

By Deborah Hardiman | Bridgnorth | Crime | Published:

This is the terrifying moment masked burglars attempted to smash their way into a Bridgnorth house with a sledgehammer and axe.

Still from the CCTV footage

A woman screams as the thugs smash at the glass, shouting threateningly into the house.

After terrorising those at home, they steal the keys to a £50,000 Audi through the gap they have smashed in the door. The harrowing scene in Bridgnorth is from just before midnight on July 1. A second raid followed in Wombourne about 40 minutes later.

Terrifying break-in captured on CCTV

The raiders subjected families in Bridgnorth and Wombourne to terrifying break-ins to steal keys for luxury cars.

They were part of a group that used weapons including a sledgehammer, axe, baseball bat and a machete to smash down front doors and threaten the owners before snatching the keys and fleeing in the stolen vehicles.

Darius Woodstock, 19, and a 16-year-old youth admitted their roles in a break-in at a house, in Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, where a £50,000 Audi was stolen. CCTV footage from the incident was played at the sentencing. The attackers could be heard shouting "give me the keys" while the occupants could be heard screaming.

The teenagers also admitted stealing an Audi at a property, in Penley Gardens, Wombourne, Staffordshire, along with co-defendant Anthony Everitt, 41, where a machete was held to the face of the householder.

The film showed three men using heavy weapons to smash their way into the Bridgnorth property shortly before midnight on July 1 last year. The Wombourne raid followed about 40 minutes later.

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Darius Woodstock, left, and Anthony Everitt

Sentencing the trio at Shrewsbury Crown Court, Judge Peter Barrie said: "You caused significant loss to the occupiers of these properties.There was violence, vandalism of front doors to break your way in. In both incidents the occupiers.

"We have heard on the footage, you making threats of violence, use of threats of violence and weapons which you didn't hesitate to use. This is almost a full house of the greater harm category under the sentencing guidelines.

He added that the families were left traumatised.

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Prosecuting barrister Mr Phillip Beardwell said: “They attacked the front door smashing through the glass and kicked at it. One weapon pushed into the house. The owners resisted the attackers the best they could by throwing things at them in order to try and keep them out of the house.

“However, the burglars who were demanding car keys got the car keys and drove off in it. Their disguises were such that no one was able to identify the attackers. However, CCTV shows three attackers, what they were doing and what they did.”

Mr Beardwell said in the second the attackers shouted "give me the gold" in the belief that the occupants possessed gold jewellery.

Woodstock, of Wallace Road, Bradley, Bilston, and the youth pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft, and one count of attempted theft.

Detained

Everitt, of Achilles Close, Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated burglary, theft, and one attempted theft relating only to the Wombourne incident. He was jailed for 10 years and six months.

Woodstock was detained at young offenders institution for seven years and the youth who cannot be named for legal reasons was given a six-year detention order.

Cathlyn Orchard, defending Everitt, said he was not the "leading" light and it was a joint enterprise.

The defendants must serve half of the terms before being released on licence. The weapons will be destroyed.

Today, police welcomed the lengthy sentences for the gang. An investigation led by West Mercia Police’s CID resulted in the three being jailed earlier this week.

Shropshire Detective Chief Inspector Mike Nally said: "These were brutal attacks on the victims' homes and I hope these sentences send a clear message to those who think they can commit such violent offences in our communities that we will do all we can to make sure they are apprehended and put before the courts."

We Don't Buy Crime is West Mercia Police's commitment to tackling serious acquisitive crime, which includes offences such as burglary and theft. Under We Don't Buy Crime a range of tactics are used to reduce the impact of such incidents with crime prevention key.

DCI Nally added: "We're committed to protecting our communities from those who cause the most harm, and together with our partner agencies, we will do all we can to reduce the impact of burglary and vehicle thefts across the county.

"Making it difficult for thieves is paramount and we would always urge people to be vigilant."

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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