Two men jailed for burglary

Two men jailed for burglary

Published by Mike Draper at 9:31pm 13th December 2019.

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Included in this investigation is an incident at a school in Landford earlier this year during which a safe was stolen.


  • Darren Mark David Jones (left), aged 34 from Christchurch Road in Bournemouth
  • William James (right), aged 49 and from Bath Road in Bournemouth

The two men have been jailed for 4 years after breaking into Sacred Heart Church in Bournemouth, stealing collection money and damaging sacred items.

Salisbury Police say the investigation also included a burglary at The New Forest Primary School at Landford,Wiltshire, in July where a safe was stolen by Darren Jones.

They were both sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 12 December 2019.

A view of The New Forest Church of England Primary School at Landford.
Darren Jones stole a safe from The New Forest Primary School in Landford.


James admitted to the burglary at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church while Jones admitted that offence as well as five other burglary charges, including a previous break-in at the same church.

Jones also asked for a further seven offences to be taken into consideration when sentenced.


At around 4am on the morning of Thursday 7 November 2019 Dorset Police received a report from a priest living on the church site in Bournemouth stating that they had heard noises in the church and seen two men leaving through a garden gate into Albert Road.

It was discovered that extensive damage had been caused – a sacristy table and two crucifixes were broken and glass vials containing sacred oil had been smashed. A safe containing money from collection boxes had also been removed.

Officers attended and stopped the defendants near to the church. They were found to be in possession of tools and a large amount of loose change.

Jones also admitted that he had been responsible for a previous break-in at the church just days earlier, in the early hours of Friday 1 November 2019. On this occasion a number of money boxes were broken into.


Jones admitted three burglaries at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

These crimes took place on Tuesday 23 July 2019, Saturday 28 September 2019 and Friday 4 October 2019.

Jones stole money from a café area, vending machine and another money box as well as a DAB radio.

The sixth charge he faced relates to a burglary at the Kings Park Community Hospital on Sunday 30 June 2019. Jones broke in through a window and carried out a search of several rooms but it is not believed anything was taken.

Jones also asked for a further seven burglary offences to be taken into consideration. These offences occurred between Sunday 7 July 2019 and Thursday 18 July 2019.

Detective Constable Jo Regan, of Bournemouth CID, said:

“Darren Jones and William James are heartless burglars who targeted premises that make a valuable contribution to the community.

“I am pleased that through a swift response by officers in the early hours of Thursday 7 November 2019 we were able to apprehend them near to the scene of the offence and bring them to justice for their offending.”

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