Ipswich: Prolific offenders behind bars

Two of the town’s prolific offenders are behind bars today after committing yet more crimes.

Leroy Clarke, of Nacton Road, was given a 90-day prison sentence by Ipswich magistrates after his conviction for burglary and common assault.

The theft related to a break-in at a bicycle shed in St Mary’s Road, Ipswich, around 11pm on February 7.

A lock was cut in order to enter the communal building and a bike was taken. A resident heard noises outside and looked out of their window to see a man riding away.

Another person was in the bike shed and threatened the resident with a pair of bolt cutters, causing cuts to their forearm. The thief left the scene.

Police detained 22-year-old Clarke nearby.

Petty criminal Daniel Forbes has also been jailed after appearing at Souh East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

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The 23-year-old, from Maryon Road, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after his conviction for handling stolen property. Forbes went in to Cash Converters in Northgate Street, Ipswich on January 13 looking to sell fishing equipment.

The equipment was believed to have been stolen during a burglary in Halifax Road, Ipswich.

Forbes was arrested on February 7.

Clarke and Forbes, who both pleaded guilty, are two of the prolific offenders who have been targeted during a pro-active crime-fighting initiative code-named Operation Apache.

Officers are keeping tabs on Ipswich’s worst offenders, who are responsible for a large proportion of crimes committed. The ongoing initiative involves officers checking up on the offenders on a daily basis, ensuring they are at home and not out committing offences.

Prolific offenders in Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft are also being targeted through Operation Apache, which was originally launched in December.