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Man jailed after nine-month crime spree including burglary of Hadleigh convenience store

Ipswich Crown Court. (8965433)
Ipswich Crown Court. (8965433)

A 23-year-old man, who admitted burgling a convenience store in Hadleigh as part of a spate of offences, has been jailed for more than 10 years.

Freddie Cook, of Ashcroft Road, Ipswich, was convicted and sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court, after pleading guilty to a charge of robbery and admitting 20 further offences over a nine-month period between April 2018 and January 2019.

Among those offences was the burglary of Molly’s Convenience Store in Long Bessels, which occurred at approximately 2.20am on Thursday, December 27.

The shop was broken into after the glass in the door was smashed with a concrete coping stone, and a quantity of items, including alcohol, cigarettes and a till, were stolen.

Cook admitted this and numerous other offences, including burglaries, an attempted robbery, theft and aggravated vehicle taking, to Suffolk Constabulary’s Taken Into Consideration (TIC) unit, while on remand awaiting his court appearance.

He was handed a sentence of 10 years and six months.

Detective Constable Barry Simpson, from the Operation Converter TIC Unit, said: “Cook was visited while on remand in prison, after he was charged with the offence of robbery.

“The TIC process was explained to him in full. Cook then chose to engage with the TIC Unit, to serve his impending prison sentence knowing that he would not have any crimes outstanding against him upon his release.

“This ensures that he can start his life with a clean slate and should provide every incentive to steer clear of crime in the future.

“Cook was co-operative and candid regarding his offending, and gave details of where property stolen from several of the burglaries had been hidden.

“Searches were conducted and attempts were made to recover the items at various locations, but, unfortunately, all were unsuccessful.

“This TIC process has allowed Cook’s victims to be updated with a positive outcome, and for the officers in charge of the individual investigations to provide them with reassurance and crime prevention advice.”

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