Retford man appears in court after aggravated burglary

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A Retford man has appeared in court after three people were sprayed with a noxious substance during a home break-in earlier this month.

Police officers were called to Albert Road, Retford, around 6.50am on Sunday, June 2 following reports a burglary had taken place moments earlier.

The occupants had been awoken by the break-in and when they came downstairs saw an intruder dragging a mountain bike away.

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Three people, as well as two dogs, were sprayed with a substance from a cannister before threats were also made with a weapon.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. Photo: Nottinghamshire PoliceNottingham Magistrates’ Court. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

Officers arrested a suspect in Retford the following day after analysing CCTV footage and making other local inquiries.

The injuries suffered by the occupants are not believed to be life-altering or life-threatening and the bicycle has been recovered.

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Alex Shaw, of Hallcroft Road, Retford, has been charged with aggravated burglary and appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, June 5.

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The 22-year-old has also been charged with theft from a shop after alcohol was stolen from Tesco, in Gateford Road, Worksop, on April 15, 2024.

He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Nottingham Crown Court on 3 July.

Investigator Caitlin Hill, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This would have been a frightening ordeal for anyone to go through in their own home.

“I hope the victims, as well as the wider community in this neighbourhood, are reassured by a robust police response which has seen this suspect charged with a very serious offence and placed before the courts.”