Framlingham: ‘Oaf’ avoids jail for one-night crime spree

A YOUNG man who went on a one-night crime spree culminating in six arson attacks, criminal damage to a school and stealing cakes from a bakery has avoided being sent to jail.

Peter Norgan, 22, was branded an “oaf” by his own solicitor for setting fire to five cars and two skips in Framlingham on June 5 last year.

Norgan, of College Road, Framlingham, also smashed two panes of glass at the town’s Thomas Mills High School.

Following the arsons and vandalism, Norgan then raided Reads bakery in Bridge Street where he stole food to the value of �30.

Among the items taken were three chocolate sponge cakes, a coffee cake and two chocolate-chip cakes.

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In addition a cherry and walnut cake, a portion of cheese straws, two cheese rusks and four bits of shortbread were also stolen.

Norgan appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing yesterday having pleaded guilty to the arsons, criminal damage and burglary at an earlier hearing. He also admitted separate charges of assault and having an offensive weapon.

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Roger Thompson, mitigating, said: “This was a rampage and one that he very much regrets. He behaved like an oaf.

“That night he smoked cannabis for the first time. Whether that determined his actions we can not be sure.

“Maybe it was bravado or showing off. He described his behaviour as neurotic but he does have good qualities and wants to lead a constructive life.”

Judge David Goodin told Norgan: “This was an astonishing evening. Your actions inconvenienced a tremendous number of people.

“Four fire engines were sent to the town meaning surrounding villages were left without fire cover because of your behaviour.

“I would feel comfortable with sending you to prison for up to 18 months. However, you’re still very young so I won’t be slamming the prison door on you.

“But rest assured, if you appear in court again your feet won’t touch the ground.”

Norgan was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years. He will also have to attend regular supervision appointments.

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