London Taxidermy 5th April 2017

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The Metropolitan Police have advised that a burglar who stole stuffed animals worth thousands of pounds has been sentenced 5th April 2017. <br />
Wimbledon, London, Great Britain <br />
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The items stolen included stuffed lions, zebra and a chimpanzee in a top hat.<br />
Jason Robert Hopwood, 47 (07.11.1969) of Drummond Road, Romford, Essex was sentenced to 21 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 <br />
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He was also ordered to work 200 hours' community service.<br />
He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary and fraudulent use of a registration plate.<br />
The court heard how on 1 March 2016, at around 19:30hrs, a burglary took place at a warehouse at the Wimbledon Stadium Business Centre, London, SW17.<br />
The thieves arrived in a van and used angle grinders to force their way into the premises.<br />
They then made off with antiques and 18 stuffed animals. The value of the items stolen was around £100,000.<br />
Following a nationwide press appeal, an anonymous call was made to Crimestoppers. On 22 March 2016, Essex Police acting on the anonymous information, found the abandoned van in the Stapleford Abbots area in Essex<br />
It was noted that the van had sticky patches on the plates where false plates were believed to have been attached; the van contained all of the stolen animals.<br />
Jason Hopgood was identified as the owner of the van.<br />
He was questioned and stated that he had sold the van to someone and knew nothing of any burglary.<br />
However in the van the police had found a parking ticket issued on the day of the burglary. It was issued outside Hopwood's home address to the fake number plate.<br />
Also by phone and Automatic Number Plate Reader (ANPR) analysis, it was established that Hopwood had driven the van down to the scene of the burglary the day before the crime.<br />
It was also established that he had driven the van to the scene again on the day of the burglary, this time using the fake plates.<br />
Hopwood was arrested on 29 September 2016 and admitted