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Josh Guilder: Jail for Harlow man, 23, who stole dummies from babies’ mouths

A man who stole dummies from babies’ mouths and assaulted one youngster has been jailed for 14 months.

Four incidents in Harlow – in the Staple Tye Shopping Centre, Woodcroft, Parsloe Road and Cooks Spinney areas – were reported to Essex Police between February 10 and August 7 last year.

As part of its investigation, the force released an image of a man officers wanted to speak to. He was soon identified as 23-year-old Josh Guilder, of no fixed address.

Dummy thief Josh Guilder
Dummy thief Josh Guilder

Guilder was arrested on August 15 and charged with five counts of theft, three of common assault and a public order offence.

He was convicted of all the offences at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on November 20. At the same court last Friday (February 2), he was sentenced to a total of a year and two months in prison.

Chief Inspector Paul Austin, Essex Police’s district commander for Harlow, said: “I know these incidents caused concern in our community and I’m pleased we’ve been able to identify the person responsible and hold him accountable.

“It can never be acceptable that people in Harlow feel concerned about going about their daily lives or with their children, and my officers have worked hard to get this result.

“I want to thank the community for their support in our investigation. We are committed to keeping you safe and ensuring you feel safe.

“In the last year, crime across the Harlow district has fallen, with more than 630 fewer offences reported. Violent crime, sexual offences and home burglaries have all seen reductions. Your support is crucial in helping us bring crime down.”

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