Burglary figures dropped 50% after arrest of gang

An extended family gang carried out more than 250 burglaries during an 11-month crime spree in the East of England, police said.

The 12 men stole jewellery, cash, cars and guns worth a total of £2m from homes and businesses across five counties in 2017.

The extent of the enterprise can now be reported - after three of them were convicted by a jury at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday.

Det Insp Craig Harrison, from Cambridgeshire police, said the men considered crime "just a way of life".

The crimes were committed in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire.

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