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Man jailed for burglary

News   •   Jun 21, 2019 08:32 BST

[Jailed: Allan Tierney]

A man has been jailed following a burglary at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in east London.

Allan Tierney, 60 (17.01.59) of Roland Way, SE17 was found guilty of burglary at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 7 June.

He was sentenced on the same day to 30 months’ imprisonment.

Police were called at approximately 07:00hrs on 11 November 2018 to reports of a burglary at The Royal Pharmaceutical Society on East Smithfield in Tower Hamlets.

Officers attended and established that the President’s chain of office had been stolen from the museum inside the building.

The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art and Antiques Unit.

Officers conducted CCTV and forensic enquiries which led to Tierney being identified as a suspect.

On 28 December 2018, Tierney was identified and arrested on suspicion of burglary. He was charged later that day.

Detective Constable Sophie Hayes, said: “Allan Tierney was a determined burglar who specifically targeted a museum exhibit of great importance to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

"Although the chain has a significant financial value its historical value to the society is also immeasurable.

“Unfortunately, the chain has not yet been recovered and we would appeal to anyone who has knowledge of its whereabouts to inform the police.”

Enquiries continue to locate the stolen chain.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.