Hero foils computer thief

A HAVE-A-GO hero was praised today after he tackled a burglar who tried to make off with computer equipment from an Ipswich firm.Mark Collins caught burglar William Anglim red handed at 8.

A HAVE-A-GO hero was praised today after he tackled a burglar who tried to make off with computer equipment from an Ipswich firm.

Mark Collins caught burglar William Anglim red handed at 8.35 pm on January 27 as he was climbing out of the window of Ipswich firm Payne-Gallway Publishers Limited, South East Suffolk Magistrates were told.

Anglim, 35, who admitted burglary, was sentenced to an 18-months drug treatment and testing order.

After the case the firm's director, Oliver Heathcote, said: "I think it was marvellous on the part of Mr Collins."

Mr Anglim was rumbled by a window in the first floor of a building opposite in Northgate Street firm, who heard glass shatter and looked outside, said prosecutor Patricia Doggitt.

"Mr Collins and another member of the public approached Mr Anglim as he was exiting out the smashed window," said Miss Doggitt. "He was carrying a flat screen monitor.

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Anglim, of Ulster Avenue, Ipswich, admitted assaulting Mr Collins who received a cut on the left palm of his hand in the struggle. Meanwhile Anglim threw the monitor on the ground, damaging it.

The court heard the loss to the firm, including the smashed window and emergency boarding up, amounted to £229.12.

His solicitor, Nigel Innes, told the court a full pre-sentence report had been handed to the bench and a drug treatment and assessment report.

In addition to the drug treatment and testing order, bench chairman Peter McGrath also ordered Anglim to pay £229.12 compensation to the firm and £50 compensation to Mr Collins.

Mr Heathcote said of the sentence: "I think the drug treatment and testing order was just what Mr Anglim needs.

"His incarceration would have been useless. He needs treatment really.

"The fact that anyone broke in so early in the evening meant the he was fairly desperate."

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