Burglars jailed after string of raids on homes, hotels and businesses across Camden

PUBLISHED: 16:17 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 06 March 2018

L-R: Atiq Maclaian and Fabian Simpson were jailed for a combined 73 months following separate burglaries across Camden. Picture: MET POLICE

L-R: Atiq Maclaian and Fabian Simpson were jailed for a combined 73 months following separate burglaries across Camden. Picture: MET POLICE


A pair of burglars who targeted homes, hotels and businesses have been jailed for a combined 73 months.

Atiq Maclaian was sentenced to five and a half years after stealing £5,000 worth of valuables from guests staying in hotels, hostels and guesthouses across Camden, including addresses in Highgate and Hampstead, police said.

The 47-year-old, of no fixed address, was also banned from entering any hotel, guesthouse or hostel in England and Wales for seven years following his trial at Blackfriars Crown Court on January 15.

“Prolific” burglar Fabian Simpson had only been out of jail a few days after serving time for a string of offences across Camden and Islington before he went on to target a business in Kings Cross he had already burgled last summer, police said.

He was sent back to jail for 32 weeks after police caught him in the act attempting to burgle another property.

Inspector Paul Clarke, from the central north command unit, said: “These convictions show the good work of our investigation team.

“The ability of a prolific burglar, Simpson, to commit further offences has been restricted,” he added.

News of the convictions came in a week in which officers warned households in a newsletter from the Highgate safer neighbourhood police team to be on the alert over burglaries. Police describe a series of burglaries, including one at an address in Hornsey Lane Gardens, Highgate.

The suspect forced entry by smashing a kitchen window before going on to take jewellery, money and bank cards.

And in an attempted burglary last month a man wearing a navy uniform with ‘Council’ embroidered on it pretended to be from a local authority in a failed bid to burgle a property in Hillcrest, Highgate. The suspect spoke little English, was aged from 30 to 35-years-old, of slim build and clean shaven.

A member of the Highgate safer neighbourhood panel, a body set up to shine a light on community police activity, called on neighbours to do all they can to make it look like their homes are not empty when going out. The member, who asked not to be named, called for police to have additional resources.

She said: “The police are doing thorough work, we just wish they had the resources to do more.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories


A workshop owner who engraves benches on Hampstead Heath was forced to break in to his own business to retrieve machinery after the landlord changed the locks and evicted him over unpaid rent.


Champagne corks were popped on Saturday as the well-known former Blustons clothes store in Kentish Town has been re-opened as a vintage charity shop.


A man has died after a fire broke out in a first floor flat on Brassey Road in West Hampstead.


Highgate’s historic Prince of Wales pub has temporarily closed for a £250,000 refurbishment but its new manager has moved to allay fears that the traditional boozer will lose its character.

Friday, November 16, 2018

I live in the north west of London in the United Kingdom. Like the rest of the country, I have been looking on in bewilderment at the Brexit deal while politicians on both sides of the house vie for political supremacy. Divisions in government make for good news headlines but do nothing for the public’s confidence in its institutions.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Normally we celebrate one business of the week – but today we’ve got three!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Routemaster bus will take 72 passengers on a journey through Greek Cypriot history, via Camden and Holloway, on Sunday.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The latest twist in the saga of a Hampstead landlord who refuses to pay a controversial levy saw him bring a top barrister to his court hearing.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now