Spaniard faces deportation

SPANIARD Benito Redondo-Rivas is facing deportation from England today after committing a flurry of thefts in Ipswich.The 32-year-old, who has been sleeping rough on the streets of Ipswich for three months, committed his latest theft in Debenhams, in Westgate Street on February 9.

SPANIARD Benito Redondo-Rivas is facing deportation from England today after committing a flurry of thefts in Ipswich.

The 32-year-old, who has been sleeping rough on the streets of Ipswich for three months, committed his latest theft in Debenhams, in Westgate Street on February 9.

He was spotted by a security guard concealing two pairs of jeans, worth £60, under his jacket and leaving the store without paying.

Redondo-Rivas was pursued and eventually apprehended by store security staff in Princes Street.


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The items were recovered and Redondo-Rivas made full admissions to police about the theft.

His latest offence follows two previous cautions for theft and another for which he received a six-month conditional discharge. All three offences were committed this year.

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South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard Redondo-Rivas stole to feed his drug habit but was now anxious to return to Spain.

He had come to England looking for work after previously working as a seaman in Spain.

Defending Roger Thomson said: "Papers have been served with the immigration service but in any event he has made a decision to go back to Spain. The difficulty is finding the money for him to do that. He is hoping his mother will help him from Spain."

Chairman of the Bench Mark Wade called Redondo-Rivas a "persistent offender" and said the string of offences warranted a spell behind bars.

He sentenced him to a total of 24 days in prison, 14 of which are for the theft and a further 10 days for breaking the conditional discharge.

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