Man attacked in his home by burglars

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A NEWPORT man is in hospital with head injuries following an aggravated burglary at his home.

The man was at his home at The Gorelands, in the Catsash area, when he was assaulted during a burglary at around 3am yesterday.

He is in hospital in a stable condition. A woman was also in the home at the time but was not injured.

The offenders are described as a man in his mid 30s with short, dark hair, wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans and a woman in her early 20s with long dark hair tied back, wearing a light grey top, black trousers and calf-high black boots.

Both were last seen in the Pill area of Newport at around 7.15am yesterday.

Police are still stationed outside the property while investigations take place.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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3:41pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Dai Rear says...

Aggravated burglary carries life imprisonment. Wouldn't it be far better if the sentence was, for example, "12 years to life" meaning that for example in 20 year's time a bit of road rage or shoplifting could put you back inside for a couple of years to help you calm down again? Would concentrate the mind a bit.
Aggravated burglary carries life imprisonment. Wouldn't it be far better if the sentence was, for example, "12 years to life" meaning that for example in 20 year's time a bit of road rage or shoplifting could put you back inside for a couple of years to help you calm down again? Would concentrate the mind a bit. Dai Rear
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5:24pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Gareth says...

It might sound strange, but life imprisonment for AB seems too much.

Think about it: if you were the burglar facing down a householder, you have a choice:

1.
Give them a slap and escape leaving them alive and able to give police a description. Sentance if caught: life in prison.

2.
Kill them leaving no eye witnesses.Sentance if caught: life in prison.

If the punishment is the same for both options, you can imagine them going for the one that leaves them least likely to be caught.
It might sound strange, but life imprisonment for AB seems too much. Think about it: if you were the burglar facing down a householder, you have a choice: 1. Give them a slap and escape leaving them alive and able to give police a description. Sentance if caught: life in prison. 2. Kill them leaving no eye witnesses.Sentance if caught: life in prison. If the punishment is the same for both options, you can imagine them going for the one that leaves them least likely to be caught. Gareth
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5:41pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Dixie Smith says...

Gareth

What about not breaking in at all then there wouldn't need to be a choice between (1) or (2).

My sympathies to the homeowners and I hope the burgulars are caught and locked up.
Gareth What about not breaking in at all then there wouldn't need to be a choice between (1) or (2). My sympathies to the homeowners and I hope the burgulars are caught and locked up. Dixie Smith
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6:01pm Mon 10 Sep 12

wynbar says...

Britain has become a burglars paradise thanks to this countries soft on crime policy. Where else on this planet would you have a judge telling a burglar that it takes courage to be a burglar.
Britain has become a burglars paradise thanks to this countries soft on crime policy. Where else on this planet would you have a judge telling a burglar that it takes courage to be a burglar. wynbar
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6:06pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Dai Rear says...

Sorry Gareth. Aggravated burglary is a technical term and that was what I was talking about i.e. entering as a trespasser with a weapon of offence, etc.
If the article was just using "aggravated" as a handy phrase then you could be right but entering intending to do GBH can also be "aggravated" and that's not a slap.
Murders can always be recalled , but that doesn't seem to have happened with the Oxfordshire ambulance Chief yet, does it?
Sorry Gareth. Aggravated burglary is a technical term and that was what I was talking about i.e. entering as a trespasser with a weapon of offence, etc. If the article was just using "aggravated" as a handy phrase then you could be right but entering intending to do GBH can also be "aggravated" and that's not a slap. Murders can always be recalled , but that doesn't seem to have happened with the Oxfordshire ambulance Chief yet, does it? Dai Rear
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6:07pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Gareth says...

Dixie Smith wrote:
Gareth

What about not breaking in at all then there wouldn't need to be a choice between (1) or (2).

My sympathies to the homeowners and I hope the burgulars are caught and locked up.
Sorry Dixie, but it would surely bore people to tears to start every comment on a crime story with "crime is wrong". I kind of accept that as a given.

However, there are burglars and we might be face to face with them one day; should that happen, what's going on in their heads as they look back at me will be... well, i would suggest it would be the most important piece of information i could ever know.
[quote][p][bold]Dixie Smith[/bold] wrote: Gareth What about not breaking in at all then there wouldn't need to be a choice between (1) or (2). My sympathies to the homeowners and I hope the burgulars are caught and locked up.[/p][/quote]Sorry Dixie, but it would surely bore people to tears to start every comment on a crime story with "crime is wrong". I kind of accept that as a given. However, there are burglars and we might be face to face with them one day; should that happen, what's going on in their heads as they look back at me will be... well, i would suggest it would be the most important piece of information i could ever know. Gareth
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6:11pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Gareth says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Sorry Gareth. Aggravated burglary is a technical term and that was what I was talking about i.e. entering as a trespasser with a weapon of offence, etc.
If the article was just using "aggravated" as a handy phrase then you could be right but entering intending to do GBH can also be "aggravated" and that's not a slap.
Murders can always be recalled , but that doesn't seem to have happened with the Oxfordshire ambulance Chief yet, does it?
Thanks for the clarification Dai. Sorry, I'm not au fait with the ambulance chief story?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Sorry Gareth. Aggravated burglary is a technical term and that was what I was talking about i.e. entering as a trespasser with a weapon of offence, etc. If the article was just using "aggravated" as a handy phrase then you could be right but entering intending to do GBH can also be "aggravated" and that's not a slap. Murders can always be recalled , but that doesn't seem to have happened with the Oxfordshire ambulance Chief yet, does it?[/p][/quote]Thanks for the clarification Dai. Sorry, I'm not au fait with the ambulance chief story? Gareth
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7:03pm Mon 10 Sep 12

arjwain says...

Last week we had a home owner being arrested for protecting his family .
this week we have a home owner that didn't protect his family end up in hospital himself .
what kind of country is this were the fear of a burglar is double by the fear you could be arrested if you hurt them .
Last week we had a home owner being arrested for protecting his family . this week we have a home owner that didn't protect his family end up in hospital himself . what kind of country is this were the fear of a burglar is double by the fear you could be arrested if you hurt them . arjwain
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8:16pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Magor says...

If I lived in a large house I would think about getting a shotgun.Incidents like this are getting to common.
If I lived in a large house I would think about getting a shotgun.Incidents like this are getting to common. Magor
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8:32pm Mon 10 Sep 12

dodo777 says...

Like I keep saying crimes like this will be on the rise.Cutting benefits to nothing will force many into crime.People need a life even the thick or unemployed.
Immigrants are also walking the streets penniless and come winter cold.Nothing to lose.Keep your doors shut and car in view.Things are going to get much worse.MARK MY WORDS.
Like I keep saying crimes like this will be on the rise.Cutting benefits to nothing will force many into crime.People need a life even the thick or unemployed. Immigrants are also walking the streets penniless and come winter cold.Nothing to lose.Keep your doors shut and car in view.Things are going to get much worse.MARK MY WORDS. dodo777
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9:12pm Mon 10 Sep 12

digispamman says...

birch them, put them in the stocks for a month. then jail them for life, oh, and make them eat dog dirt too!
birch them, put them in the stocks for a month. then jail them for life, oh, and make them eat dog dirt too! digispamman
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9:30pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Riley2012 says...

Get a dog the best early warning you can get day or night you can't beat them, it will be very hard for these house holders to feel safe again after a nasty encounter they have been through, all the best to them.
Get a dog the best early warning you can get day or night you can't beat them, it will be very hard for these house holders to feel safe again after a nasty encounter they have been through, all the best to them. Riley2012
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10:52pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Limestonecowboy says...

The recent case where homeowners where arrested for shooting burglars; the arrest is standard procedure until the Police have determined whether there is a case to answer. These people were farmers in a remote location & held a licenced shotgun not just because they lived in a large house.
The advice from Riley 2012 would be the best or just get out of the house if poss. until police arrive.
The scaremongering remarks by Dodo777 concerning immigrants - we don't know the ethnicity of those reponsible yet & on benefits? is this what the unemployed get up to?.
In the meantime all the best & speedy recovery to the homeowners
The recent case where homeowners where arrested for shooting burglars; the arrest is standard procedure until the Police have determined whether there is a case to answer. These people were farmers in a remote location & held a licenced shotgun not just because they lived in a large house. The advice from Riley 2012 would be the best or just get out of the house if poss. until police arrive. The scaremongering remarks by Dodo777 concerning immigrants - we don't know the ethnicity of those reponsible yet & on benefits? is this what the unemployed get up to?. In the meantime all the best & speedy recovery to the homeowners Limestonecowboy
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12:14am Tue 11 Sep 12

chris227 says...

yes if the disability gets cut and they are put on job seekers these things will get more common sky tv and feeding 3 staffis is not cheap and as most people on disability are as fit as a butchers dog or a staffie dog fighting them of will not be easy!!!!
yes if the disability gets cut and they are put on job seekers these things will get more common sky tv and feeding 3 staffis is not cheap and as most people on disability are as fit as a butchers dog or a staffie dog fighting them of will not be easy!!!! chris227
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8:09am Tue 11 Sep 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

Sorry, but if someone enters my house uninvited at 3am - unless it's December 25th and they're dressed in red, have a bush white beard and a sack over their shoulder - they will be considered a rapist and I will do my best to cut them down. In such a situation it is simply far too dangerous to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Sorry, but if someone enters my house uninvited at 3am - unless it's December 25th and they're dressed in red, have a bush white beard and a sack over their shoulder - they will be considered a rapist and I will do my best to cut them down. In such a situation it is simply far too dangerous to give them the benefit of the doubt. Katie Re-Registered
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8:50am Tue 11 Sep 12

Gareth says...

chris227 wrote:
yes if the disability gets cut and they are put on job seekers these things will get more common sky tv and feeding 3 staffis is not cheap and as most people on disability are as fit as a butchers dog or a staffie dog fighting them of will not be easy!!!!
i was wondering how long it would take for the Paralympic legacy to come crashing down!
[quote][p][bold]chris227[/bold] wrote: yes if the disability gets cut and they are put on job seekers these things will get more common sky tv and feeding 3 staffis is not cheap and as most people on disability are as fit as a butchers dog or a staffie dog fighting them of will not be easy!!!![/p][/quote]i was wondering how long it would take for the Paralympic legacy to come crashing down! Gareth
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6:15pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Carrot's says...

ARGUS - I understand arrests have been made of suspects. Please remove above comments of speculation and assumptions of guilt for obvious reasons.
ARGUS - I understand arrests have been made of suspects. Please remove above comments of speculation and assumptions of guilt for obvious reasons. Carrot's
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8:40pm Tue 11 Sep 12

sweetiepie says...

Unbelievable!! Yet they still say it's wrong to protect your own home? Sorry, if someone broke into my house - it won't be my fault if he "accidentally" walks into my fist.

This country is so backwards - no wonder it's in the state it is!
Unbelievable!! Yet they still say it's wrong to protect your own home? Sorry, if someone broke into my house - it won't be my fault if he "accidentally" walks into my fist. This country is so backwards - no wonder it's in the state it is! sweetiepie
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9:22am Thu 13 Sep 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

arjwain wrote:
Last week we had a home owner being arrested for protecting his family . this week we have a home owner that didn't protect his family end up in hospital himself . what kind of country is this were the fear of a burglar is double by the fear you could be arrested if you hurt them .
Quite right.
[quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: Last week we had a home owner being arrested for protecting his family . this week we have a home owner that didn't protect his family end up in hospital himself . what kind of country is this were the fear of a burglar is double by the fear you could be arrested if you hurt them .[/p][/quote]Quite right. Cymru Am Beth
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8:53pm Thu 13 Sep 12

gordelpus says...

The criminal justice system does not work, your run of the mill inadequate psycopath does not care, and I don't know where the apostrophe goes in the word does'nt, hence the does not's. While I'm about it, my Newport dog crap story comment disappeared a couple of weeks ago. Has anyone seen it. If you have, give me a shout and I'll pop by and clear it up.
The criminal justice system does not work, your run of the mill inadequate psycopath does not care, and I don't know where the apostrophe goes in the word does'nt, hence the does not's. While I'm about it, my Newport dog crap story comment disappeared a couple of weeks ago. Has anyone seen it. If you have, give me a shout and I'll pop by and clear it up. gordelpus
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8:49am Fri 14 Sep 12

Gareth says...

gordelpus wrote:
The criminal justice system does not work, your run of the mill inadequate psycopath does not care, and I don't know where the apostrophe goes in the word does'nt, hence the does not's. While I'm about it, my Newport dog crap story comment disappeared a couple of weeks ago. Has anyone seen it. If you have, give me a shout and I'll pop by and clear it up.
When shortening, the apostrophe replaces the letter you remove; in this case the letter 'o' (doesn't). Happy to help!
[quote][p][bold]gordelpus[/bold] wrote: The criminal justice system does not work, your run of the mill inadequate psycopath does not care, and I don't know where the apostrophe goes in the word does'nt, hence the does not's. While I'm about it, my Newport dog crap story comment disappeared a couple of weeks ago. Has anyone seen it. If you have, give me a shout and I'll pop by and clear it up.[/p][/quote]When shortening, the apostrophe replaces the letter you remove; in this case the letter 'o' (doesn't). Happy to help! Gareth
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6:59pm Fri 14 Sep 12

gordelpus says...

Im' very gratful too you
Im' very gratful too you gordelpus
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