Tile thieves target drug dealer's house

DRUG dealer Edwin Almond today knows what it is like to be a victim of crime – after thieves raided his historic farmhouse.Almond was not at home though as he is currently staying in a cell at Her Majesty's pleasure, awaiting sentence for possessing drugs with intent to supply and receiving stolen goods.

DRUG dealer Edwin Almond today knows what it is like to be a victim of crime – after thieves raided his historic farmhouse.

Almond was not at home though as he is currently staying in a cell at Her Majesty's pleasure, awaiting sentence for possessing drugs with intent to supply and receiving stolen goods.

The thieves took advantage of his absence to break into the rear of his home, Great Street Farmhouse in High Road, Trimley St Mary, to steal original features and building materials.

It appears the thieves stripped part of the roof at the back of the property of its clay pantiles, valuable in the restoration of Victorian and Edwardian village properties.


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They also appear to have taken other items, including Victorian mock-cobbled floor tiles.

Neighbours said the thieves stacked the tiles ready to collect but police were called. However, it is believed the thieves returned later.

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Today there was no-one home at the property. The back door was swinging wide open, and the area where the tiles had been stolen from could clearly be seen.

No-one was available from Felixstowe police to comment.

One villager said: "It is a huge shame. It could be such a lovely house and a real asset to the village if it was done up and lived in.

"It needs and enormous amount of work done to it though and Eddy just seemed to start job enthusiastically and then never finish them.

"There are holes in the walls and trenches dug for drains, but nothing is finished. I cannot imagine how they lived there."

Almond, 32, and his wife and children – one 18 months and the other born in July – lived at the house for several months before a police raid found 2,500 ecstasy tablets at the property.

He has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply the drugs and will be sentenced on December 5.

He also pleaded guilty to receiving a stolen Lotus Elise motor car worth £20,000 taken from Hertfordshire, a £7,000 Ducati 748 motorcycle stolen from Essex, and a £20,000 Jaguar XJR car taken from Essex.

The court will also hear a confiscation order and a vessel held in Almond's name is to be sold.

The future of the house is uncertain and if it was proved to be bought with the proceeds of crime could be confiscated by the government.

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