A man has been jailed for burglaries in Havant and the New Forest.

On Friday, July 7, Carl Anthony David Lloyd, 44, who was in custody at HMP Winchester at the time of the sentencing, was given a five-year prison sentence at Southampton Crown Court.

He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of burglary on Hayling Island and was later found guilty by a jury of a further burglary at a private property in South Gorley, New Forest.

The court heard how on Friday, April 29, 2022, at around 3.25pm, Lloyd entered the Yew Tree Inn on Havant Road after entering via a rear entrance of the pub.

He then stole £180 from a till before he was challenged by staff and fled the scene. Lloyd was later arrested and pleaded guilty during a hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, January 18.

Just a month after the pub theft, between 11.40am and 12pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Lloyd broke into a home in South Gorley.

He was disturbed by the occupant of the property who located him in the hallway and challenged his presence. Lloyd claimed he was looking for accommodation and had been directed to the property. He fled the scene.

He was detained and arrested a short while later and was later convicted of burglary dwelling for the incident by a jury at Southampton Crown Court on Wednesday, April 26.

DC Sarah Down led the investigation. She said: “Your home is somewhere you should feel safe – which is why dwelling burglaries can be so traumatic for those affected, beyond the impact of the belongings that are stolen.

“Carl Lloyd is a prolific offender who will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars for the crimes that he has committed. 

“We will ensure that we relentlessly pursue those who cause harm in our communities and I hope it reassures our communities that we take burglary very seriously.”