Tearaway given custodial sentence

A TEARAWAY teenager responsible for a string of offences in Ipswich has been locked up for 16 weeks and banned from entering part of the town.And when the 18-year-old is released from custody - probably at the end of November - he will have to stay out of south west Ipswich for the next three years.

A TEARAWAY teenager responsible for a string of offences in Ipswich has been locked up for 16 weeks and banned from entering part of the town.

And when the 18-year-old is released from custody - probably at the end of November - he will have to stay out of south west Ipswich for the next three years.

Burroughs, from Sirdar Road in Ipswich, pleaded guilty to a string of offences committed since early August when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

His crimes included two cases of assault, the theft of a mobile phone, travelling in a vehicle that had been taken without consent, burglary of a shed, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He also asked for six similar offences to be taken into consideration.

John Hardwick, prosecuting, said the most recent offences had taken place on September 19 at Cardinal Park. Burroughs had butted one person and punched another in the face before stealing his mobile phone.

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Six days earlier, he had allowed himself to be carried in a BMW car he knew had been stolen.

Overnight on August 28 and 29 two motorcycles had been stolen from a shed in Violet Close, Ipswich. They were later found near Burroughs' mother's home in Kelly Road.

Mr Hardwick said on August 4 a Volvo parked in Chantry Park had a window smashed and Burroughs' fingerprints were found on the car.

Two days earlier a CCTV picked up someone riding on a motorcycle without wearing a helmet in the Kelly Road area. When police investigated they found Burroughs riding the bike even though he was already banned from driving and had no insurance.

Burroughs had also broken the terms of a detention and training order which had been placed on him last year and had failed to report to the probation service since the beginning of August.

Mark Holt, for Burroughs, said his client had been out in Cardinal Park with friends last week when one of them had climbed on to a bike. He said Burroughs thought he should warn the bike owners that his friend might try to steal it, but had got into a row with them.

Mr Holt said there had been a clash of heads and then Burroughs had seen one of the men trying to use a mobile phone and feared he was calling the police. He took the phone to try to prevent him from making the call and was injured in the fight, sustaining a suspected broken nose.

Burroughs told the court he was sorry about the trouble he had caused and said being held in custody in Norwich Prison since the most recent offences had been a shock to him.

He said: “I don't want to go back there. I want to get my life in order. I know what I have to do.”

Burroughs' role of shame - he pleaded guilty to these offences:

Two counts of assault by beating and one count of theft of a mobile phone on September 19 - eight weeks in jail for the three offences.

Being carried in a car taken without consent on September 13 for which he was given 21 days in jail, to be served concurrently.

Burglary of a shed on August 28/29. He was given eight weeks in jail, to be served consecutively.

Interfering with a car on August 4. He was sentenced to 21 days in jail, to be served concurrently.

Driving while disqualified on August 2 - he was jailed for 28 days, to be served concurrently.

Driving while uninsured on August 2. He was sentenced to 28 days in jail, to be served concurrently.

He asked for six other motoring offences to be taken into consideration.

Burroughs is likely to be released from jail after serving half his sentence, less the six days he has already spent on remand so he is likely to be back in Ipswich in mid-November.

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