Burglar jailed for string of offences

AN IPSWICH teenager has been sent to jail for two-and-half years after admitting a series of crimes to feed his drug habit.

AN IPSWICH teenager has been sent to jail for two-and-half years after admitting a series of crimes to feed his drug habit.

Miles Potter, 18, of Norwich Road, stole a digital camera and a purse after breaking into a home in Wherstead in the early hours of April 15.

Ipswich Crown Court heard he then stole a bicycle resting against a bungalow in the village before attempting to break in at Fox's Yacht Club.

Potter was spotted by police riding the stolen bike at around 5.20am on April 15 and was arrested.

As well as admitting those offences, he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by persuading his girlfriend to tell police the stolen purse was hers.

He also admitted a further charge of burglary at a house in Anglesea Road, Ipswich, on June 8 where he took a phone charger and a purse.

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Neil Macaulay, defending, said Potter had demonstrated “a degree of regret” over the offences and had been off drugs during his seven weeks in custody.

He said: “At the time he was becoming more heavily involved in the misuse of Class A drugs heroin and cocaine.

“The proceeds from the burglaries were used in the purchase of drugs.”

Mr Macaulay said Potter had pleaded guilty to the offences in court at the first available opportunity.

In sentencing Potter, Judge Peter Thompson said: “These were burglaries at night time with the occupants in the homes and the court and public take a very serious view of that kind of offending.

“You have an appalling record including burglaries in the past and I can't take a view other than a serious one.”

Potter was sentenced to two concurrent terms of two-and-a-half years for each of the burglaries.

Hew was also sentenced to a six-month term for theft, a 12-month term for attempted burglary and a three-month term for attempting to pervert the course of justice. All are to be served concurrent with the other sentences

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