Police hail Mail's Badvent campaign a success after more than 100 tip-offs

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POLICE received more than 100 tip-offs from Oxford Mail readers during our Christmas Badvent calendar.

We revealed a face a day of suspects Thames Valley Police wanted to trace in the run-up to Christmas and so far five people have been arrested.

Officers added important information had also come in about another five as they said thanks to readers for their help.

Jake Goodwin, from Croft Road, Marston, handed himself in after seeing his face behind door five, and police charged the 18-year-old with robbery and burglary.

He appeared at Oxford Crown Court on December 21 and was remanded in custody to appear again on February 8.

Andre Berley, who was hiding behind door number 10, also handed himself in and was convicted of an assault and also of failing to surrender.

The 24-year-old, of Sandy Lane, will be sentenced on January 16 at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

The campaign also saw 25-year-old metal thief Mark Hendron, of Westfield in Harwell, returned to prison and the suspect behind door three identified as Trevor Francis, from Warburgh Crescent in Oxford.

The 33-year-old admitted shoplifting and possession of an offensive weapon and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Monday.

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Burglar Daniel Collins, who was behind door 13, admitted two break-ins and the theft of a bicycle. The 25-year-old, from Renny Road in Portsmouth, was released on bail to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on January 7.

A man pictured behind door number 11 – suspected of stealing a car from a Summertown gym – has also been cleared of any involvement by police.

Six suspects were arrested after our first Badvent Calendar in Christmas 2010, and last year’s campaign has so far seen another six caught.

Wendy Walker, from Thames Valley Police Central Intelligence, said: “There have been five confirmed arrests with more to follow.”

She said police were still keen to find 21-year-old on-the-run drugs suspect Liam Rowe, of Hunter Close, Cowley, and also 35-year-old suspected thief Emily Goodman from Courtland Road, Rose Hill, Oxford.

She also wants help tracing Jennifer Pugh, 25, of no fixed address, who is suspected of stealing charity box cash.

Oxford police commander Superintendent Chris Sharp said: “This year’s Badvent campaign is already proving itself to be a successful year.

“The people of Oxfordshire are helping us bring people to justice across the county and I want to thank them for their assistance.

“We still have a number of people we would like to identify and speak to, so I urge anyone with information on those who remain wanted to get in touch as soon as they can.

“I also appeal to those people in the pictures. Give yourself in now.”

Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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