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    East Surrey man sentenced for seven years following autumn crime spree

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    A man has been jailed for seven and a half years for theft, fraud, and robbery offences following a crime spree in East Surrey during September and October last year.

    Over the course of a month, Kieran Telfer committed a series of offences in Horley, Redhill, and Leatherhead.

    On Sept 20, after stealing a purse in Redhil, Telfer he went to various convenience stores on Horley Road in Redhill and Victoria Road in Horley, where he made over £300 worth of fraudulent transactions before the card was cancelled.

    Just over a month later, he carried out two robberies in Leatherhead. He was identified by a local officer and arrested on Nov 1 for robbery, theft, and fraud. While in police custody, Telfer refused to come out of his cell and be interviewed. He was charged the next day with two counts of robbery, one count of fraud by false representation, and one count of theft.

    Telfer, of no fixed abode, was convicted of theft, fraud, and robbery at Guildford Crown Court on May 15. He was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment (90 months) and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

    Investigating officer DC Hannah Simmonds said: “Last autumn Telfer wreaked havoc across East Surrey, stealing from innocent, law-abiding people and putting several in fear of serious injury.

    “Although we are lucky enough not to have a significant problem with knife crime, we appreciate just how terrifying offences like these are for those affected and will deal robustly with offenders.

    “I know how much these events would have concerned residents at the time, and I hope that the sentence handed down by the court will reassure them that this dangerous individual is now behind bars.”

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