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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Six Mexicans in Britain to watch Manchester United Javier Hernandez and other stars jailed after launching burglary spree when money ran out


Six Mexican holidaymakers went on a crime spree across Britain after they ran out of money on a tour of Premier League football stadiums. The gang targeted homes in West Lancashire and were linked to break-ins in Strathclyde in Scotland and Cumbria in just six days. They are all now behind bars after their tourist trip in October, as part of their dream to watch their footballing heroes, including Manchester United’s Mexican striker Javier Hernandez at Old Trafford, led to organised crime. Apart from one married couple, none of the offenders knew each other before they met in a London nightclub. Several of them spent too much on alcohol during their stay, Preston Crown Court heard. They smashed open the front doors of properties and ransacked bedrooms for jewellery, cash and electrical equipment. Addresses in Carlisle, Lancaster, Morecambe, Bolton-le-Sands and Strathclyde were targeted while the owners were out. The gang was caught travelling south through Staffordshire after their getaway vehicle details were flagged up by a member of the public who witnessed one of the raids. Their haul was recovered, as were papers with lists of addresses and a satellite navigation system which mapped out their route. Juan Castillo Fernandez, 28, Cuauthemoc Fernandez Gomez, 30, and Manuel Garcia, 44, were all jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to commit burglary. Jose Vargas Gomez, 51, Juan Molina, 24, and Cristina Obregon, 22, were each imprisoned for 14 months after they pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property. All six, who were living in Lewisham, London, will be deported after serving their sentences. Judge Anthony Russell QC, said: “In my view your continued presence in this country - whose hospitality you have abused - is contrary to the public interest.”


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