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Three members of an 'organised criminal family' jailed

PUBLISHED: 14:23 28 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:23 28 August 2015

James Pearce Snr

James Pearce Snr

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A father and his two sons have been sentenced.

Matthew PearceMatthew Pearce

A father and his two sons, described as an ‘organised criminal family’, have been jailed.

The trio have been given sentences totalling more than 16 years, for a range of offences including possession of a shotgun, burglary and handling stolen goods.

James Pearce Snr, 58, of Lower Road, Erith, was sentenced to three years and eight months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to eight counts of handling stolen goods and five counts of identification fraud.

Mark Pearce, 31, of Galleon Close, Erith, was sentenced to six years and three months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a shot gun, three counts of residential burglary, one count of supplying prescribed medicines and 35 counts of identification fraud.

Mark PearceMark Pearce

Matthew Pearce, 29, of Maran Way, Thamesmead, was sentenced to six years and three months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a shotgun, five counts of residential burglary, five counts of handling stolen goods, one count of supplying prescribed medicines and six counts of identification fraud.

They were sentenced on August 25 at Inner London Crown Court.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, said: “This organised criminal family network were clearly identified in our investigations and they have been sentenced accordingly to their involvement.

“I am hoping that our investigation and the sentences they have been given will discourage them and others from committing further crimes in the future. Committing crime in Bexley does not pay and we will continue to target offenders who commit crime.”

Their arrests were part of a two-year covert operation to dismantle organised criminal networks suspected of committing hundreds of offences including burglary, theft, fraud, money laundering and violent crime.

A total of 73 people were arrested in connection with the operation, in March this year.

To date 50 people have been convicted, with other trials are pending.

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