Serial Ipswich thief in failing health given community order for burglary

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street.

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A prolific thief caught red-handed when burgling an Ipswich shop has been given a community order after magistrates heard his health is failing.

Drink and drug addict Trevor Bemrose, of Great Gipping Street, Ipswich, was sentenced by the town’s magistrates after previously admitting burglary and two counts of shoplifting.

The 52-year-old broke into My Food Store in St Matthew’s Street early on September 15 and stole goods worth £45.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said the owner had gone to the shop after midnight as the burglar alarm had gone off.

When he arrived a number of police were there along with Bemrose who was in the shop by the front door.

The owner had seen Bemrose in the shop many times and believed he had tried to steal items before.

There was a bag left outside which contained a gold coloured box with champagne in and two glasses. There were also other boxes of champagne, chocolates, cans of beers and other goods.

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The court was told Bemrose had many previous convictions for burglary dating back to the early 1980s.

Mrs Mann said the store owner had made a compensation claim for £3,010.70 in relation to the damage caused and goods.

This included a litre bottle of Jack Daniels for £198 and another bottle of Jack Daniels for £150.

Magistrates were also told Bemrose had also shoplifted cider from Sainsbury in the town on September 14 and September 16, the day after the burglary.

Compensation was sought for £3.75 on behalf of Sainsbury as four of the eight cans of cider were recovered.

Bemrose also has convictions for shoplifting.

Sue Threadkell, representing Bemrose, said: “Mr Bemrose has probably one of the worst records of anybody who will appear before this court today.”

The court heard he had spent 30 years involved in drink and drugs. As a consequence Bemrose’s health was said to be failing.

Mrs Threadkell said: “In simple terms his body is packing up. Regrettably he is in a poor way.”

Bemrose, a grandfather of 10, was said not to use Class A drugs any longer, but alcohol still plays a part in his life.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month community order. He was also ordered to pay £295 compensation to the owner of My Food Store and £3.75 to Sainsbury.