Andra Hoyland, formerly of Broughton, was the ringleader in the gang, which targeted vehicles across Northamptonshire, raiding farmers and residents in rural areas for Land Rovers. He led a gang, which included Richard Loveridge, from Ecton Brook, and driver Del Swane, from Kettering. Hoyland and Loveridge targeted cars across Northamptonshire, near Market Harborough and further afield in December 2010 when the region was gripped by a cold snap. The pair, who are already serving long sentences for the kidnap and robbery of a cash and carry worker, pleaded guilty to the theft of four vehicles in three days at the end of November and the start of December 2010.
Hoyland was also the ringleader in a second gang of thieves, who stole Land Rovers from Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire and elsewhere.
Hoyland, together with hired driver Swane, hit farmers while they were unfastening gates, while they also used electronic equipment to break into parked vehicles by-passing the alarm and replacing the vehicle’s computer. The court heard Hoyland had been provided with 'theft kits' from Martin Warren, who ran a criminal business from a yard in Birmingham. The court heard he would steal the Land Rovers and either drive them or have them driven to Martin Warren’s family business. Mobile phone data and ANPR hits were used to link the pair. Once in Birmingham, the Land Rovers were stripped down and parts were sold on eBay to places as far away as Athens, Malta and even Dubai.
Martin Warren also oversaw the 'ringing' of vehicles, by rebuilding Land Rovers with stolen parts. Police discovered the site, which operated between 2005 and 2010, has processed business totalling more than £1 million. Warren, his partner Jacqueline Neal and their sons Christopher Neal and Jason Warren were all convicted following a ten day trial last week. Warren was found guilty of conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to convert criminal property and concealing criminal property. Jacqueline Neal was convicted of conspiracy to convert criminal property, as well as seven charges of concealing criminal property and money laundering. Jason Warren and Christopher Neal were both found guilty of conspiracy to convert criminal property and concealing criminal property.
At Northampton Crown Court, Martin Warren was gaoled for a total of nine years, while Jacqueline Neal was sentenced to 33 months in prison for her part in the enterprise. She broke down in the dock and sobbed after sentence was passed. Christopher Neal and Jason Warren were gaoled for 18 months and two years respectively. Hoyland was handed two prison sentences, both of four years, to be served concurrently, while Loveridge was gaoled for 30 months and Swane was sentenced to two years behind bars.