Harlow man who snatched dummies from babies is jailed

Crime / Thu 8th Feb 2024 at 10:30am

A MAN has been jailed following an investigation by officers in Harlow into dummies taken from children.

An investigation was launched following a series of reports of a man approaching people with babies and removing their dummies.

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

On one occasion a child was also assaulted.

In a number of the incidents, the dummy was taken directly out of the child’s mouth.

As part of the investigation we released an image of a man officers wanted to speak to in connection with the incidents.

He was identified as 23 year-old Josh Guilder, of no fixed address.

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

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

District Commander for Harlow, Chief Inspector Paul Austin, 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.

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5 Comments for Harlow man who snatched dummies from babies is jailed:

David morton
2024-02-09 12:00:32

What a bizarre thing to do🤔

2024-02-09 12:06:10

dont think putting him in prison will do him any good he will get the micky taken out of him all the time as it a silly crime think he should have gone to a mental hospital. that is probly where he will end up one day

2024-02-09 14:48:17

Get the Micky taken out of him!!! Are you serious he assaulted a baby …. He should be punished

2024-02-09 19:38:39

harry belive me he will get saluted in there but he needs to go to a mental prison he is not right in the head

2024-02-10 18:06:08

He looks like the last person you'd want coming near your kids.

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