Persistent criminal released - and jailed

IPSWICH troublemaker Darrell Lambert is back in custody today after making a habit of committing crimes just days after being released from prison.

IPSWICH troublemaker Darrell Lambert is back in custody today after making a habit of committing crimes just days after being released from prison.

Lambert, 21, of Hawke Road in Ipswich, was released from Peterborough prison last Monday after completing a sentence imposed in August for attacking two police officers just hours after being released from an earlier stretch.

This time his freedom lasted slightly longer. He was released from prison on Monday, had breached the terms of his release by Tuesday evening, and was back in custody on Wednesday night.

Now he has to serve at least another 30 days in custody imposed by South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.


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Gareth Davies, prosecuting, told the court that Lambert's release required him to live at Lightfoot House probation hostel in Ipswich and observe a curfew between 9pm and 9am.

He had been taken to the hostel direct from Peterborough and spent Monday night there. However on Tuesday evening he failed to return.

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He was eventually picked up by the police late on Wednesday evening and has been in custody since then.

Mr Ian Duckworth, for Lambert, said his client had not wanted to have to stay in the probation service when he was released from custody and had wanted to return to the family home in Hawke Road.

He said when he visited the house on Tuesday, he found his grandmother was ill and felt it was best to stay with the family.

He claimed he had called the probation service to say where he was.

Lambert has pleaded not guilty to a number of driving offences, including aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, and drink driving. He will be tried for these at Ipswich Crown Court in the new year.

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