Mitcham man jailed for burgling Haydons Road P&M Deli in Wimbledon

Burgled: P&M Deli in Haydons Road

Burgled: P&M Deli in Haydons Road

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A 45-year-old man has been sent to prison after burgling a Wimbledon delicatessen one month after a break-in was reported down the road.

Michael Cook, of Stanley Road, Mitcham, was caught stealing cash from P&M Deli in Haydons Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police were called to the deli at about 3.30am after a neighbour alerted them to an intruder at the site.

Appearing in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, July 23, Cook pleaded guilty to one count of burglary.

He was already facing a suspended sentence of one month for stealing a Volvo from Mitcham in November last year.

Cook was sentenced to two months in prison and ordered to pay £250 in compensation.

The conviction follows growing residents' concerns about after-dark security in the road.

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Hayley Cockett, whose 62-year-old mother was invaded by an intruder at her Haydons Road home earlier this month, said: "I can't believe it.

"Obviously they're not scared that people are bumping into them."

She said she suspected the road is being targeted by burglars because of unlocked gates in several alley ways along the road.

Are you concerned about burglars in your area? Comment below or contact Louisa Clarence-Smith on louisa.clarence@london.newsquest.co.uk, or call 0208 722 6335

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