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Police have released the custody image of a burglar who attempted to hit a grandad with his car after he was chased from his home.

BedfordshireLive previously reported how the 62-year-old, from the village of Broom, had been left with cuts, bruising and swelling to his face after trying to stop a group of burglars who got away with jewellery and other property worth £1,500.

On Wednesday (December 22) the getaway driver, 26-year-old Kieran Pratchett from Clacton, Essex, was jailed at Luton Crown Court.

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Police have now released a custody image of Pratchett, along with his accomplices Stevie White, 37, from Colchester and Thomas Turner, 32, from Braintree, who burgled the house in Southill Road at around 4.30pm on October 30, 2020.

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After being disturbed when the homeowners returned with their two grandchildren, the trio tried to flee but were stopped by one of the victims while still inside.

After a struggle, they were able to make their way out of the house but were pursued by the victim, who caught up with them and dragged one to the ground.

However, Pratchett then struck him with an iron plant stand and the group were able to escape into a car.



Custody image of Stevie White from Colchester
Stevie White

The victim continued after the vehicle, which was driven by Pratchett, who then attempted to reverse into him, but he was able to escape over a nearby wall. Pratchett tried to drive the car at the victim once more, before speeding away.

Around 10 minutes later, police received reports of a car found crashed in a field near the village of Ireland, roughly three miles from the original address.

On arrival at the scene, officers confirmed that the vehicle was the same as the one seen making off from the burglary, a silver Fiat using cloned number plates.



Custody image of Thomas Turner, from Braintree
Thomas Turner

Turner was seen by officers walking from the scene of the crashed vehicle and a search of his bag found it to contain a crowbar, an owner’s manual and logbook for the car, three loose work gloves and a pack of new work gloves. Pratchett’s DNA was identified on the vehicle’s airbag.

Pratchett pleaded guilty and at Luton Crow Court on Wednesday 22 December he was jailed for five years and three months.

Detective Constable Helen Howson, investigating, said: “This was a harrowing ordeal for the victim and his family, and he showed incredible bravery when confronted with a truly terrifying situation.

“It is clear that Pratchett and his criminal partners were willing to go to extreme lengths to get away with their disgraceful activities, something which is demonstrated by the violence they used in their attempts to flee.”

White was previously jailed for seven-and-a-half years and Turner for five years and three months.

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