Man jailed after failed drunken caravan raid

A drunken man with more than 260 previous convictions was jailed after trying to break into a caravan in South Tyneside.

Wednesday, 4th January 2017, 7:43 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:00 pm
South Tyneside Magistrates Court

Anthony O’Donnell was released from prison on December 19 but offended again within days, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The caravan was parked in a driveway in Bamford Walk, in South Shields, 
in the early hours of December 28 last year and a neighbour saw what turned out 
to be O’Donnell breaking into it.

“He was arrested after the neighbour raised the alarm. Police describe O’Donnell as being very drunk.

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“I understand it is likely he will be recalled to prison until March to serve the licence portion of a previous sentence.”

O’Donnell, 36, of Park View, Whitley Bay, admitted burglary.

Jonathan Stirland, defending, said: “Mr O’Donnell’s problem is drink. He is doing his best to rehabilitate himself.”

District Judge Sarah-Jane Griffiths jailed O’Donnell for 10 weeks.

The judge told him: “Your record is a truly appalling one, 265 offences, of which 93 are theft or dishonesty of some sort.

“You have to make a genuine effort to stop offending. It seems to me that at the moment you are not making that effort.”