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Britain’s most prolific burglar who stole £1m of goods before age of 18 found dead in field – Mirror Online

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Britain’s most prolific burglar who racked up more than 700 raids before turning 18 has died at the age of 27, it today emerged.

Bradley Wernham nicked items worth more than £1million between the ages of 12 and 18. He was spared jail after confessing to 17 burglaries, and asking for a further 654 to be “taken into account” in October 2009.

But three months later, Wernham was arrested again after police in Chelmsford, Essex, noticed a “500% spike in burglaries” in the area.

He was jailed for five years in August 2010 at Chelmsford Crown Court after admitting burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and attempted burglary – but was released after just 18 months behind bars.

But Wernham was found dead in a field in Gilston, Herts., on Friday, his grandmother and police revealed.

Wernham was jailed for five years back in 2010


Mourners last week set up a shrine in Harlow to celebrate his life.

His family had reported him missing on November 19 after he had gone drinking in a nearby pub, but failed to return home.

Essex Police confirmed his body was found and his death is currently being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious”.

The spokesman said: “A 27-year-old man from Harlow was reported as missing on November 19 and we carried out enquiries to try and find him.

“The search was suspended following the discovery of a man’s body near Gilston in Hertfordshire on November 23.”

Pauline Wernham, his heartbroken gran, told Essex Chronicle he “made people happy”.

Mourners have tonight erected a shrine to Wernham in Harlow town centre


Wernham’s family have paid an emotional tribute to him



She added: “He made people happy and he was very funny.”

His mum Sharon told the newspaper this week: “If he saw homeless people he would go and get them chips and make sure they had been fed. He will never be forgotten.”

Louise, Wernham’s partner, said: “He was amazing. I saw him every day. He was there for me and he was changing his life.”

Wernham was dubbed a “one-man crimewave” when he was spared prison in 2009.

Judge Christopher Ball, QC, decided that despite his appalling record – which included previous convictions for more than 20 burglaries – to hand him a curfew and 150 hours of community service.

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