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Lewes Crown Court sentences prolific burglar Fardin Farji to nearly 2 years in prison

Fardin Farji, a serial burglar known for his series of raids on businesses in Worthing, has been convicted. The 30-year-old, who does not have a fixed address, was sentenced to 23 months and two weeks’ imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on August 25.

Farji’s criminal history is extensive and includes burglaries at cafes, a restaurant, a convenience store, and a hairdresser. In August 2021, he was issued a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order due to his persistent offending. However, Farji repeatedly violated the conditions of the order, which was intended to safeguard the community and deter him from committing further crimes.

The Worthing CID arrested Farji in June after gathering substantial evidence against him. The Crown Prosecution Service subsequently authorised charges against him. These charges include multiple breaches of the Criminal Behaviour Order in Worthing town centre on February 25 and March 12, 2023.

Farji’s crime spree also involved the theft of a bicycle at Sainsbury’s, Lyons Farm on March 30, 2023; burglary at Freshair, Downland Parade on April 20-21, 2023; attempted burglary at Quickstop, Railway Approach on April 22-23, 2023; burglary at Crabshack, Marine Parade on April 26, 2023; attempted burglary at The Malt Café, Montague Street on April 27, 2023; and burglary at The Coffee House, Liverpool Road on April 29, 2023.

In addition to these offences, Farji was charged with interfering with a vehicle in Heene Road on November 12, 2022; handling stolen goods in Howard Street on October 20, 2022; fraud by false representation in Howard Street on October 20, 2022; and another breach of the Criminal Behaviour Order in Worthing town centre on March 7, 2023.

Inspector Sharon Sawyer, of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I am glad the court has seen fit to impose a substantial custodial sentence here.

“The impact felt by small businesses has been significant and as a local team – through PCSOs’ identification and concerted effort across various teams at Worthing – he was arrested, remanded and subsequently convicted, making the community safer.”

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