Blood led police to pub burglar

A FATHER-of-one admitted his part in a break-in of an Ipswich pub after his blood was found on broken patio doors.Marcus Graham, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary at The Dales public house in Ipswich on May 29 this year.

A FATHER-of-one admitted his part in a break-in of an Ipswich pub after his blood was found on broken patio doors.

Marcus Graham, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary at The Dales public house in Ipswich on May 29 this year.

He appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court where he was sentenced to an 18 month community rehabilitation order.

Sandra Dyer, prosecuting, said entry was gained to the pub by forcing the double wooden patio doors open.

The landlord discovered the break-in the following morning after discovering the doors open, the court heard.

Magistrates heard cash missing included £100 in change from the till, £150 - £200 in change stored in a charity whisky bottle for St Elizabeth Hospice and £45 from a cigar tin.

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Craig Marchant, mitigating, said: "The blood was on the point of entry because he did not enter the premises and that is the basis of his guilty plea.

"He accepts he was present while another person used a crowbar to open the doors while he held the door and it closed on his hand cutting it."

He said Graham, of Byron Road, Ipswich, accepted items were taken from the pub and the intention was to steal.

Mr Marchant said: "He had no idea part of the proceeds were charity money."

No separate penalty was given for breaching a community rehabilitation order by failing to provide acceptable proof of absence on two occasions, which he admitted.

Magistrates made no order for costs or compensation.

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