A man has been given an 18-month sentence after his spree of burglaries included stealing equipment from a fire station. 

Alexander Gibb, of Clapham Road North, Lowestoft, was charged with two counts of burglary, along with aggravated vehicle taking, criminal damage and assaulting a police officer. 

The 28-year-old was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to the offences. 

Of the 18 months sentence, Gibb will spend half nine in custody. 

In January 2023, he stole two motorbikes, together worth £17,000, which were in a locked outbuilding in Beccles.

The bikes - a Husqvarna 701 and a KTN 350 SFX - were stolen on January 18.

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Following that on the night of February 8, 2023, Gibb broke into Halesworth Fire Station, on Holton Road, and stole life-saving cutting equipment, a thermal camera and other power tools worth just over £30,000.

After being in custody, last year, he had also tried to punch a police officer but did not make any contact. 

On November 17, Gibb was also noted to have been spotted in a stolen motorhome, which he did not steal but was aware that it was stolen. 

He drove the motorhome into police cars that were blocking his route to get away, and in turn ended up causing £2,000 worth of damage. 

In mitigation, his representative said the defendant now has a five-month-old daughter that he would like to spend more time with.

Gibb apologised for his mistakes and said that he has job opportunities lined up once he is released and plans to move back in with a family member.

The defence asked for a suspended sentence. 

For each burglary, the lowest sentence is 16 months, which the judge reduced to 12 months to be served concurrently.

Additionally, Gibb would be serving six weeks for assaulting a police officer, two months for criminal damage and six months for aggravated vehicle taking, all concurrently. 

In total Gibb was jailed for 18 months.