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Thief Has Sentence Slashed

Friday November 21 2014

A BURGLAR caught red-handed trying to steal saddles from a stable owned by an ex-policeman has had his jail term slashed by over a third.

Michael Allott, 45, got a whack in the head with a torch for his trouble, after blundering into retired cop, Grenville Waddington, in the dark whilst carrying £5,000 worth of stolen riding gear.

Allott, who had been carrying a screwdriver when he tangled with the former lawman in August last year, was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court in May.

He pleaded guilty to burgling the stable on Barugh Lane, Barugh Green, and failure to surrender, having not turned up for his trial as directed.

Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Irwin and Judge Peter Rook QC, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, cut his total sentence to two years two months.

Mr Justice Irwin cut his overall sentence, saying that the judge had placed too much emphasis on the fact that the stables had been targeted by burglars before.

He reduced the sentence for the break-in from 38 to 22 months.

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Reply Posted by Mr C on Sunday November 23 2014 at 18:05
I would have given him 10 more years to think about what he had done