Car thief off streets for even longer

A PROLIFIC car-thief will be off Ipswich's streets for a few weeks longer after he admitted yet more crimes, it emerged today.Last month dad-of-two Darrell Lambert was locked up for 20 weeks after he plagued car owners in the town in April and May.

A PROLIFIC car-thief will be off Ipswich's streets for a few weeks longer after he admitted yet more crimes, it emerged today.

Last month dad-of-two Darrell Lambert was locked up for 20 weeks after he plagued car owners in the town in April and May.

Now the 20-year-old menace has admitted two more crimes which weren't known about when he was sentenced for the six similar offences.

And magistrates at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court told him he would serve twelve weeks concurrent to his current term, extending it by a few weeks as it was due to end on August 6.


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Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, told the court that on May 20 Lambert, who lives in Hawke Road, Ipswich, but is currently serving in HMP Norwich, allowed himself to be driven in a blue Ford Escort stolen from Romney Road, in the Gainsborough area of Ipswich before it was dumped in Oulton Road, off Cliff Lane, Ipswich.

He stole another blue Ford Escort stolen from Morland Road, also in the Gainsborough area.

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Ian Duckworth, mitigating, said: “It's a pattern of behaviour during April and May. The reason it hadn't been dealt with before is the DNA evidence only came out in June.

“Darrell Lambert is someone who has a penchant as far as cars are concerned.

“At some point one hopes the penny may drop but until that moment he's in this position.

“He's come out from prison, it's a smallish town, and before you know it it's 'why don't you come out'.

“If he wants to get involved then that's a matter from him.”

In addition to getting a concurrent prison term Lambert, who pleaded guilty to taking a car and allowing himself to be driven in another car, was also banned from driving for one year.

n. Were you one of the victims of Lambert's spree? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

n. April 4 - Lambert spotted a green Ford Fiesta in Colchester Road, Ipswich, and stole it. It was later found dumped in Piper's Vale Close.

n. April 5 - Lambert struck in Canterbury Close, in Ipswich, where he attempted to steal a black Ford Fiesta. He failed but in his attempt he damaged the vehicle.

n. April 8 - He struck in Hogarth Road, taking a red Ford Fiesta which was later found dumped in Davey Road.

n. April 11/12 - Between 6pm on April 11 and 11am the following day a dent was made in a silver Volvo as it was parked in Ireland Road.

Blood was left on the vehicle which was later checked and matched Lambert's DNA.

n. Over night between April 14 and 15 - Lambert broke into a silver Vauxhall Cavalier in Rectory Road and stole the radio and CDs.

n. May 20 - The new offences: Lambert was picked up from a party by friends in a Blue Ford Fiesta stolen from Romney Road, Ipswich, which was later dumped in Oulton Road, Ipswich. DNA taken from a knife found in the car linked the crime to him. He later stole another blue Ford Fiesta from Morland Road, Ipswich, which he dumped further down the road when he decided it was getting too late. The driver's door of the car was bent back as a result of the theft.

n. He also stole another vehicle in the town on May 24.

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