Gareth Farrington “the unlucky burglar” convicted

Gareth Farrington

Gareth Farrington, 27, of Hanson Court, Cambridge was convicted of burglary at Cambridge Crown Court and sentenced on 19th November for committing two burglaries in Impington in early September.

Farrington’s first offence in The Dole, Impington, saw him break into a garden shed and use the owner’s garden spade to try to force open the kitchen window. Fortunately, the owner had equipped their ground floor window with alarms which sounded and frightened him into running away empty-handed.

This is not the first time a burglar in South Cambs has been thwarted by a simple and cheap security measure. I recommend window alarms in particular.

The following day Farrington broke into a house in Hereward Close, also in Impington, and used a pair of his own socks as gloves as he gathered the house owner’s belongings. But he was again out of luck when the owner returned home and got a good look at his face as he tried hurriedly to make his escape out of an upstairs window. As he jumped from the upstairs window in a desperate attempt to get away, one of his gloves/socks got caught in the window frame and he was forced to leave it behind.

Farrington was arrested and denied committing the offences but the DNA he left at the scenes could not be argued with. Farrington, “the unlucky burglar”, was sentenced to three years in prison for the two burglaries and breach of his ASBO.


Swavesey drug conviction

On 11/08/14 the South Cambs Impact Team conducted a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at Eclipse Arabian Stud on Cow Fen Drove in Swavesey.

Several police officers were in attendance and quantities of cannabis were found. eCops subscribers may remember a brief message reassuring residents of the increased police presence in the area.

Steven CUFF of Willingham appeared in Cambridge Magistrates Court on 07/11/2014 and was convicted of possession of a class B controlled substance.

Mr. Cuff was fined £150 and ordered to pay a further £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. All drugs were forfeited and destroyed.

South Cambs Business Wifi

Dear South Cambs Businesses

As part of our efforts to creating a more agile and more visible rural policing team, our Police Officer’s and PCSO’s will be out in the community completing electronic ‘paperwork’ via computer tablets and slate devices.   To enable Officer’s to work more flexibly and ensure that they are available in the community for as much time as possible, we are asking Post Offices to consider sharing their WiFi with us – particularly in areas where 4g and 3g mobile data services are not readily available. The WiFi access will encourage a visual Police presence at your Post Office, enabling Officer’s to ‘log on’ from outside and complete work within their Police vehicles, which may help us to promote business security, particularly with the lead up and over the Christmas period which is higher risk for cash robberies. Please email me your details at or contact me on the non-police emergency telephone number 101.

Kind regards

Carly Freed 7347

South Cambs Business Watch Officer