Bur­glar: ‘I’m fed up with run­ning’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A CRIM­I­NAL con­fessed to 25 house bur­glar­ies say­ing he was “fed up with run­ning”.

Steven Parker pleaded guilty to four break-ins and asked for 21 oth­ers to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when he ap­peared at Ash­ford Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day.

Gemma Webb, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that Parker broke into homes in the early hours of the morn­ing, of­ten when the oc­cu­pants were up­stairs asleep.“He says he com­mit­ted the of­fences to clear a drug debt,” she said.

Tony Har­den, for Parker, said: “He has put his hand up. He wants to clear this up and get it sorted. He is fed up with run­ning.”

The four bur­glar­ies Parker pleaded guilty to were on Novem­ber 6 and 22 and two last Thurs­day.

Parker, 37, of no fixed ad­dress, was re­manded in cus­tody and mag­is­trates com­mit­ted him for sen­tenc­ing at Maid­stone Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

Out­side court, South Kent Po­lice said that the four bur- glar­ies Parker ad­mit­ted were in the Ken­ning­ton area and he was ar­rested on the day of the last two.

Of­fi­cers said they are car­ry­ing out high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols be­cause of the risk of in­creased bur­glar­ies in the run-up to the fes­tive sea­son.

Neigh­bour­hood watch co-or­di­na­tors have been sent ad­vice to dis­trib­ute to their mem­bers and po­lice have given guid­ance to house­hold­ers to keep out bur­glars.

This in­cludes lock­ing doors and win­dows, keep­ing cash in the bank for as long as pos­si­ble, us­ing se­cu­rity lights and timer switches and keep­ing valu­ables such as wal­lets in a se­cure place.

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