Monday, 23 October 2017

‘One-man crime wave’ jailed

A HENLEY thief with more than two dozen criminal convictions has been jailed for the second time this year.

A HENLEY thief with more than two dozen criminal convictions has been jailed for the second time this year.

Paul Hutton — nicknamed a “one-man crime wave” by Henley police — broke into Lovibonds Brewery in Market Place, Henley, and stole money from the counter last Wednesday. The 33-year-old, of Swiss Farm, also took a laptop which was attached to the wall.

He was wearing the electronic tag he was fitted with after burgling Northfield End newsagents earlier this year.The tag, on his left ankle, was visible in CCTV footage of the Lovibonds break-in.

Hutton pleaded guilty to burglary and also admitted an assault in The Close, Henley, on June 8 when he appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court on July 11.

He was sentenced to 10 weeks for each offence, to run consecutively.

Hutton has a history of convictions for crimes including burglary and shoplifting. and drug dealing.

Police have described him as a “one-man crime wave” and suspect he is behind other break-ins in the area.

In 2010, he claimed he was a “ninja” after being caught stealing £80 worth of sun cream from Boots in Bell Street, Henley.

At the time, police said he was “very difficult to catch” and had a “good knowledge” of the town.

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Paul Thatcher, of Gainsborough Crescent, was stopped and searched by police in St Mark’s Road, Henley.

The 37-year-old was then taken back to the town’s police station and strip-searched.

Officers discovered a small clear bag containing two white and two purple rocks, believed to be cocaine and heroin.

Thatcher has been granted bail to return to Oxford Magistrates Court on July 29.

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