Gang Who Posed As Police During A Violent Burglary In Putney Have Been Jailed For 35 Years

Three men who posed as police officers before tying up their victim and savagely beating her before stealing her dog during a violent burglary in Putney have been sentenced to a total of 35 years behind bars.

The three men were jailed for a total of 35 years
The three men were jailed for a total of 35 years at Kingston Crown Court

The burglary took place on the morning of Monday 29 November 2021, when the victim, a woman in her 30s, with her three young children, was approached by the men outside her flat in Arabella Drive, Putney.

The men were carrying friction-lock batons and wearing caps with the word "Police" on the front. One of the men showed the victim a fake police ID badge while claiming to be at the property to carry out a drug warrant.

When the woman challenged the men, she was grabbed around the throat and forced back inside her property. The men then violently attacked her, punching and kicking her to the floor before tying her hands with cable-ties.

The attackers stole various items from the apartment, Christmas presents, cash, and a two-month-old female American XL bulldog puppy.

Following an extensive investigation, all three men were identified and arrested and searches of their home addresses led to the discovery of vital evidence, leading to all three being charged with aggravated burglary.

The men were all found guilty of aggravated burglary following a seven-day trial at Kingston Crown Court:

  • Michael Cloherty, 58, of Chipperfield Road, Orpington was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

  • Simon Ludlow, 50, of London Road, Mitcham was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

  • Michael Cook, 54, of Northborough Road, London was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Detective Inspector Andy Durham said: "These three individuals have pretended to be police officers to gain entry, before using extreme violence to rob a mother in her family home. They caused her injuries before stealing her children's presents and their very young beloved puppy. "Tackling violent offenders is a priority for the Met and I am very proud with the brave support of the victim we were able to bring these violent offenders to justice and achieve sentences commensurate to their offending."

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