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Ipswich: Bungling burglar Jason Nicholls broke into wrong house, stole a pair of oversized trousers, cut himself, and had to be shaken out of the underside of a bed by police

06:00 06 August 2014

Burglar Jason Nicholls, who was jailed for 32 months

Burglar Jason Nicholls, who was jailed for 32 months

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A bungling burglar who broke into the wrong house before stealing a large pair of trousers and a sheet has been jailed for 32 months.

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Jason Nicholls’ comedy of errors continued when he hid in the underside of a bed and refused to come out after police subsequently turned up at another property to take him into custody.

Nicholls, of Hawke Road, Ipswich, eventually relented after officers began shaking the bed to dislodge him.

The 29-year-old prolific criminal was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to a burglary in Silver Hill, Hintlesham, near Hadleigh, on July 23.

Nicholls also asked for nine other offences of dishonesty totalling £2,840 to be taken into account.

At the time of the break-in he mistakenly believed the house belonged to someone he knew, the court heard.

Jailing the father-of-two Judge Rupert Overbury told him: “You have an appalling record, for dishonesty particularly. Twenty-nine of your 91 offences and 43 convictions are for dishonesty.

“This (burglary) occurred during the day time. You made your way to someone else’s address. There was an untidy search and you left with nothing of any particular value at all.

“You were quickly discovered because you left your DNA everywhere.”

Earlier prosecutor Robert Sadd had told the judge: “I don’t mean this to be impertinent, but he (Nicholls) is a criminal and that’s what he does. He is by profession, and experience, a criminal.”

Neil Saunders, representing Nicholls, said his client apologised to the householder he burgled. Originally Nicholls had meant to go to see an associate at their home, but had made a mistake.

Mr Saunders said: “It was the wrong house. That doesn’t detract from the fact it was burglary.

“He realised he had got the wrong house instantly and got out through breaking the window, cutting himself.”

It is understood that after Nicholls cut himself he grabbed a sheet off the bed on which there was a large pair of trousers.

He used the sheet, with the trousers still in it, to bind his wound and left the house.

After the case police said Nicholls was arrested the same afternoon at Ipswich Hospital where he had gone for treatment.

He was bailed pending further enquiries.

However, on July 2 Nicholls was at the home of a friend when officers went there to take Nicholls back into custody.

He was said to have been found hiding in a divan bed refusing to come out.

It appeared the bed’s material had been split underneath and Nicholls had climbed up into it.

In order to get Nicholls to give himself up officers said they had to shake the bed until he came out.

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16 comments

  • Would suggest the French Foreign Legion for this person but even they would say no.They dont take thieves even dumb ones.plus if this family are so innocent & getting upset about being embarrassed or being tarred with the same brush why are people being threatened on here?Keep it up and there will be some explaining to do care of Suffolk Police.If you cant do the time dont do the crime.

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    JC

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • wouldn't want to hurt the feelings of a criminal would we.

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    C Smith

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I've been completely Ploderated!

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Don't allow comments if we can't speak the truth ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Moderators got his delete button repaired and going to town on this article , i have had 3 deleted ! None were offensive or anything that anyone would take offence to ??

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • oooh look the moderator woke up...and removed my in no way offensive first comment, most of PC plods and now the comments thread makes as much sense as Mr Nicholls master crime plan. No wonder this paper is in trouble. Censorship is not only alive and well but so pooly done that nobody is quite sure what they are censoring any more!

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • The moderator has woken up ! Just received a rejection e-mail for my published posting of 24+ hrs ago.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • what is your point

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    pc plod is a fraud

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Well i do know them - PC Plod is a fraud - and from what pc plod has said in the past i am 95% certain that they are in the police or were .

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • wrong house , does these burglars not use sat nav now days ..... no matter what his name is surly he needs to meet his victims and get help. to stop him going down the same road once he gets out . that's if he can find his house BOOM BOOM .....

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    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • 91 offences and 43 convictions can only mean one thing. Stiffer sentences. What are the governmentjudges thinking of... if the sentences were stiffer people wouldn't be able to make a career of being a criminal. Should be 3 times and you're out for a long time... not 41 convictions and you're out in 18 months. Pathetic.

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    RobbieS

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • This 29 year old prolific career criminal should be locked up for 10 years on a godforsaken outcrop in the North sea. If his mates want to see him they have to get a small fishing type boat to ferry them to this modern Alcatraz and undergo a strip search before being allowed on the boat. There is NO MOBILE signal so don't bother hiding one where the sun don't shine. The only recreation available is the Library. Working day consists of 10 hours breaking rocks. 3 meals of basic food..no gym...no TV. The prison officers are redundant Parachute Regiment squaddies who all know how to react when confronted by angry and hostile idiots. After 10 years (no parole) lets see how quick he is to resume his career bearing in mind that if he offends again he goes back for a minimum of 15 years.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • 91 offences and 43 convictions!!! Time to throw away the key!!!!! He'll be out in 18 months. Waste of space, destroys lives and costs taxpayers a fortune.

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    RobbieS

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Still at least he is out on bail so should be able to burgle somewhere else to pay the bail money when he gets caught again. Good idea.

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    Johnsons

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Aye Grommet...the wrong pair of trousers! What a numpty! Time to lock up this lowlife for a very long time.

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    G Rumpy

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • lmao off what a grade A over grown childlike idiot

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    John Smith

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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