Teenager's crime spree - to find a bed

A SUFFOLK teenager went on a crime spree in a desperate attempt to get a roof over his head.Jordan Meers, 19, deliberately committed offences in a bid to be offered a place at a bail hostel, South East Suffolk Magistrates Court was told.

A SUFFOLK teenager went on a crime spree in a desperate attempt to get a roof over his head.

Jordan Meers, 19, deliberately committed offences in a bid to be offered a place at a bail hostel, South East Suffolk Magistrates Court was told.

He has ended up with accomodation – but in a prison cell rather than a hostel.

Meers had threatened that he would continue to offend until his demand was met and was abusive to his defence solicitor throughout his hearing.


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Meers, who has no address, appeared before the court charged with damaging a car and assaulting a police officer.

He admitted causing £250 of damage to a Volkswagen Golf on March 9 at Ipswich railway station but denied assaulting the officer and spitting in his eye.

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Prosecuting, Stephen Colman told magistrates Meers had recently been released from prison.

He was seen by police in the car park at the railway station and asked to leave. But instead he damaged a window of the Golf and was subsequently arrested.

At the police station, Meers became angry when told by the custody sergeant to remove his hat and reached over the desk and flipped over a keyboard and threatened to spit in the officer's face.

Meers was then taken to a cell but spat in the custody sergeant's face and eyes, Mr Colman said.

Roger Stewart, Meers' solicitor, said: "He has committed offences to try and get himself arrested.

"This is bizarre by any stretch of the imagination, it shows a complete lack of thought process."

Mr Stewart added Meers had said he would continue committing offences until he was given accommodation and Meers had demanded he was housed outside Ipswich.

Meers interrupted Mr Stewart and swore at him several times during the hearing, while attempts were made to find him somewhere to stay.

Despite being offered a bed at a hostel in Ipswich, Meers said he did not want to stay in the town.

Agreeing to his demands for a bed elsewhere, magistrate Anne Parry said:

"Every effort is going to be made to find you a place outside Ipswich.

"But until that can be done you are going to be remanded in prison."

Meers will now stay in prison until a hostel place he is happy with can be found for him.

Should offenders be able to make their own demands? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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