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Frank Hovis

If You're Going To Burgle A House

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Do a bit of research first and make sure that you're not burgling a house in a town that's already had a lot happen.

Like Cheltenham.

Judge tells teenage Gloucester burglar to expect a harsher sentence because crime took place in Cheltenham

A Gloucester teenager who admitted a house burglary was warned by a judge that he faces a 'premium' sentence because the crime took place in Cheltenham.

The sentence on Matthew Jones, 18, will be tougher than it would have been if the burglary was elsewhere, said Judge Jamie Tabor QC at Gloucester crown court.

Jones, of Park st, Kingsholm, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to breaking into a house in Paddock Lane, Cheltenham, on March 31 this year and stealing a camera, two lenses, a rucksack , two watches, a penknife, and a glove.

Joe Maloney, defending, said Jones has been visited by police regularly and has also confessed to two offences he will ask the court to take into consideration.

Judge Tabor agreed to adjourn the case pending the finalisation of the list of offences to be considered.

But he warned "This is a Cheltenham burglary, which means that there is something of a premium on sentencing because burglaries in Cheltenham are so common at the present time.

Sentence was adjourned till July 18.


There are burglaries. And there are Cheltenham burglaries.

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There are burglaries. And there are Cheltenham burglaries.

Next time he'd better do a risk assessment on the likelyhood of getting caught and focus on homes in Gloucester.

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Cheltenham is so posh! Most people there have nothing to steal! I'm going here in a few weeks, for burgling purposes!

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Meh, same demented thinking that means someone killed in a 'racially motivated' attack can expect their killer to get a harsher sentence, because obviously the victims families will be ever so relieved if they find out their loved one was murdered for one of the other thousand mindless reasons instead of racism.

Just wait till labour get in again, not letting cars with labour stickers on cut you up will be a crime...

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