MERRY FIZZMAS A fair kip! Bur­glars fake sleep as cops swoop

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Karen Rockett

Finest Lam­br­usco Friz­zant, Tesco The lightly spark­ing red goes well with tur­key Taste the Dif­fer­ence Pig­no­letto Brut Sains­bury’s Fruity, un­like the yeasty taste of cham­pagne Château de Champteloup brut 2016 Cré­mant de Loire, Ice­land Dry, easy drink­ing, great with smoked salmon Corvezzo Or­ganic Pros­ecco, Mor­risons Or­ganic choice with flo­ral aroma but el­e­gant fin­ish Ex­quis­ite Cré­mant du Jura, Aldi 100% chardon­nay grapes give it a creamy fin­ish Here­tat El Padru­ell, brut cava, Penedès, Spain, M&S Drier than usual for cava but with an ap­p­ley flavour FOUR dozy teenage bur­glars pre­tended to be asleep in bed when they re­alised po­lice would catch them red-handed.

Of­fi­cers found the lads tucked up on two mat­tresses in a house, sur­rounded by jew­ellery and other gear in their haul.

All de­nied know­ing each other or hav­ing any in­volve­ment in the break-in in June. But they were found guilty and jailed for a total of seven years two months at Lu­ton crown court.

Det Con An­drew Bos­ton said: “This was one of the more un­usual cover sto­ries for a group of bur­glars that I’ve en­coun­tered but, un­for­tu­nately for them, our of­fi­cers didn’t buy it.”

They were caught af­ter po­lice went to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports of a group of young peo­ple act­ing sus­pi­ciously in Leighton Buz­zard, Beds. Seth Lee, 19, of Leighton Buz­zard, was jailed for 40 months, Pa­trick Casey, 19, of Dun­sta­ble, got 24 months, and Mark Boyce, 19, of Dun­sta­ble, was locked up for 22 months.

A boy of 16 who can­not be named or pic­tured for le­gal rea­sons will be sen­tenced later.

Boyce re­ceived a shorter sen­tence for re­turn­ing a stolen watch.

BED TIME: Boyce, Casey and Lee were jailed

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