Lowestoft: Teenage offender jailed

A 17-year-old boy who failed to clean up his act has been jailed.

The teenager, who was made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order in August following a burglary at a home in Ashfield Crescent, Lowestoft, was yesterday sentenced to six months in custody for his latest crime.

He was named as a suspect after an attempt was made to break into a car in Southfield Gardens, Lowestoft in November but knowing he was wanted by police for failing to comply with a supervision requirement and a community service order, he tried to evade officers.

He was eventually arrested in the early hours of December 23 and charged with the attempted theft.

The teenager appeared at the resort’s youth court and was detained in custody for a week over Christmas before being given bail.

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However, he was back in the dock yesterday for sentencing and is today starting his six month jail term.

Detective Inspector Darrell Skuse said: “This jailing represents another success in tackling house burglary offences in Lowestoft.

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“The teenager was originally sentenced for a home burglary where jewellery and other items worth over �2,000 were taken but he failed to comply with the conditions and was subsequently also arrested and charged in connection with an attempted theft from a van.

“Now, having failed to take the chance handed to him by the court, he is facing weeks in a young offenders institute.

“We will continue to target those suspected of burglary offences and they can also expect to serve time in prison if they persist in committing crime.”

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