Jail for Peterborough couple who were part of burglary plot

Shannon Slater and Billy Ray Simpson

Shannon Slater and Billy Ray Simpson

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A couple who were part of a plot to carry out a series of burglaries in Peterborough over the August bank holiday weekend have been jailed.

Billy Ray Simpson and Shannon Slater provided a ‘mission control’ for raiders who broke into five homes to bring their loot.

The items taken were of high economic value, including high value vehicles and high value electrical items.

Recorder Matthew Lowe

Last month Simpson (20) of Moreland Court, Werrington and Slater (18) of Long Pasture, were convicted of conspiracy to burgle following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Today (Tuesday) Simpson was jailed for a total of 28 months, having also admitted battery and possession of a blade following an incident with his sister, and Slater was locked up for 20 months.

Lawrence Bruce, prosecuting said: “This was a large scale burglary, which saw five dwellings targeted on the August Bank Holiday last year.

“In two of the burglaries, the occupants were inside at the time.

“High value items were taken, including a Mercedes A Class in one of the burglaries.

“Mission control for the raids was Long Pasture, home of Slater.

“When police went to the property, they found 115 separate items which were identified as the proceeds of the raids.”

Two of the raids took place in Temple Grange, one in Foxcovert Road, one in Fenbridge Road and one in Westwood Park Road.

The haul of loot included six tv sets, five lap tops, camera equipment and jewellery.

Mr Bruce said Simpson had pleaded guilty to battery and possession of a blade following an argument with sister over a £10 debt.

He said: “During the argument, he grabbed her clothing, held a knife to her side and threatened to kill her.”

Tim Brown, defending Simpson, said his client had no previous convictions recorded against him.

He said: “This was plainly a significant series of burglaries.
“However, there is no evidence of these two taking part in the actual breaking in.

“It is pretty inconceivable that Simpson was a leading light in the conspiracy.”

Roy James, defending Slater, said she had significant problems in her background, including an alcohol addiction.

He said: “Since she has been on remand in prison, she has used her time well, and has completed a number of educational programmes.”

But Recorder Matthew Lowe, sentencing, said: “The items taken were of high economic value, including high value vehicles and high value electrical items.

“Your role is less than those who broke into the homes.

“Slater, your had a lesser role to Simpson.”

Both defendants pleaded guilty to one count of entering into an arrangement facilitating the acquisition, use, or control of criminal property in connection with the goods.