Teen tearaway admits new crimes

A NOTORIOUS hell raiser who plagued his neighbourhood with his anti-social behaviour is awaiting his fate after confessing to a string of offences. Teenage thug Karl Roberts appeared at Ipswich Crown Court charged with escape from lawful custody, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

A NOTORIOUS hell raiser who plagued his neighbourhood with his anti-social behaviour is awaiting his fate after confessing to a string of offences.

Teenage thug Karl Roberts appeared at Ipswich Crown Court charged with escape from lawful custody, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

The 19-year-old, of no fixed address, is currently serving a three-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order that prohibits him from entering large parts of Great Cornard where he is said to have caused harassment alarm and distress to several residents in the Lindsey Road area.

In court yesterday he spoke only to enter three guilty pleas to the charges and also admitted further offences of driving without insurance and failing to provide a breath specimen when asked.


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The charge of escape from lawful custody relates to an incident on February 9 this year after Roberts fled from a police station following an arrest.

The driving offences are all connected to an incident on March 24 when police officers spotted Roberts driving dangerously in a black Vauxhall Nova in and around the Sudbury area including Great Eastern Road, Cornard Road, Newton Road and Elm Road.

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Presiding Judge John Devaux ordered a pre-sentence report be complied on the defendant before his punishment is decided on October 31.

In March Bury St Edmunds magistrates made Roberts the subject of a three-year ASBO which prevented him from entering the Lindsey Court area of Great Cornard, behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment or distress or putting people in fear for their safety.

He also became the first teenager in Suffolk to be made the focus of a name and shame poster campaign launched by a local authority when Babergh District Council posted 500 leaflets to addresses in Great Cornard featuring his picture and an outline of the rules of his Asbo order.

In September he served a one-day jail term for breaching the Asbo after admitting to magistrates in Sudbury that he entered the area where he was banned to spend the night with his girlfriend.

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