'Career criminal' jailed for 200 burglaries

Image caption, The judge told Marriott he had 'broken people's hearts'

A "career criminal" who admitted carrying out more than 200 burglaries across England has been jailed.

Mark Marriott, from Rotherham, targeted properties in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire and South Yorkshire.

He was caught by police in Lincolnshire where he broke into 69 homes - 18 of those in the village of Nettleham, the location of the force's headquarters.

At Lincoln Crown Court, the 43-year-old was jailed for six years.

After linking one man to the string of burglaries across Lincolnshire, detectives began a series of operations.

These included the use of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to identify Marriott's car, which was stopped after a burglary in Spilsby.

In sentencing, Judge Sean Morris told Marriott, of Woodland Drive in North Anston, he was a professional burglar who had "broken people's hearts".

'Community intelligence'

Det Ch Insp Shaun West, who led the investigation, said he was pleased that the "career criminal, and a very good career criminal at that" had been jailed.

He added: "This investigation was a demonstration of the dogged determination and team work of our officers, both here in Lincoln and across the force.

"Marriott was a well-organised, professional criminal who chose his victims very carefully.

"We thank the public for their patience while we carried out extensive investigations and covert work across Lincolnshire.

"In the end it was a combination of financial analysis on stolen credit cards, covert tactics and the use of the ANPR system that led to the arrest of Marriott."

Mr West also thanked the Lincolnshire community for providing intelligence which helped secure the conviction.

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