James Maughan, aged 61, of Middle Ground, Wheatley, was found guilty of one count of handling stolen goods at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today (September 1).

He is due to be sentenced on September 27.

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In the early hours of the morning of December 21, 2021, a Bailey Unicorn caravan, worth £15,000, was stolen from a farm in Compton, Berkshire.

At around 10am the same day, officers from the Rural Crime Taskforce located the caravan on Maughan’s driveway in Middle Ground, Wheatley.

Maughan was charged by postal requisition on January 12.

Investigating officer PC Ryan Dollery, of the Rural Crime Taskforce, said: “This conviction is greatly welcomed by the taskforce and the victim who had their caravan stolen but returned shortly afterwards.

“The Rural Crime Taskforce is focused on making the Thames Valley a hostile area for offenders and bringing those who target our rural communities to justice.”


This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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