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Superstore burglar jailed

PUBLISHED: 08:04 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

A 23-year-old man broke into an Ipswich superstore for money to feed his drug habit, a court heard.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how Mark Bishop and others smashed a window to get at tills at Sainsburys in Hadleigh Road.

A 23-year-old man broke into an Ipswich superstore for money to feed his drug habit, a court heard.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how Mark Bishop and others smashed a window to get at tills at Sainsburys in Hadleigh Road.

The alarms were raised and the men scattered but Bishop in a Vauxhall Vectra was pursued by police, the court heard.

Bishop was chased through a red light along Ranelagh Road where he U-turned and proceeded without headlights along London Road to the Tesco roundabout speeding at up to 100 miles per hour in a 30mph limit.

When Bishop was arrested he said he had only acted as a look out for the burglary and he initially denied driving the car which had concealed number plates.

However, Bishop of Burrage Road, Woolwich pleaded guilty to burglary, dangerous driving and driving with no insurance at South East Suffolk Magistrates.

The Crown Court heard that the cocaine addict had been serving a four and a half year sentence for robbery when he absconded and committed these offences.

Judge John Devaux sentenced Bishop to a total of a year in jail to be added onto his four and a half year stretch. Bishop was also disqualified from driving for two years.


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