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Freddie Cook jailed for Hepworth robbery

A 23-year-old man from Ipswich has been jailed for 10 years and six months after committing a robbery and also admitting to a number of burglaries in various towns and villages in Suffolk.

Freddie Cook, of Ashcroft Road, Ipswich, was convicted yesterday (April 11), at Ipswich Crown Court.
Freddie Cook, of Ashcroft Road, Ipswich, was convicted yesterday (April 11), at Ipswich Crown Court.

Freddie Cook, of Ashcroft Road, Ipswich, was convicted yesterday (April 11), at Ipswich Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery at a property in Hepworth on January 15.

During the incident the victim was approached by masked men while he was outside his home and was grabbed, threatened and assaulted before being forced inside the house.

The masked men then conducted a search of the property in which they stole keys, cash and a phone which was later located nearby, following the males making their escape.

The incident left the victim with numerous injuries including a fractured wrist.

Cook was identified by forensic analysis and arrested on January 24 and was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning before being charged with robbery.

Between being charged and being dealt with in court, Cook chose to work with officers from Suffolk Police’s Operation Converter TIC Unit and went on to admit 20 further offences – including burglaries, an attempted robbery, theft and aggravated vehicle taking, all carried out between April 2018 and January 2019.

Commenting on the sentencing, Detective Constable Barry Simpson from the Operation Converter TIC Unit said: "Cook was visited while on remand in prison after he was charged with the offence of robbery. The TIC (Taken Into Consideration) process was explained to him in full. Cook then chose to engage with the TIC Unit in order to serve his impending prison sentence knowing that he would not have any crimes outstanding against him upon his release. This ensures that he can start his life with a clean slate and should provide every incentive to steer clear of committing crime in the future.

"Throughout the process, Cook was cooperative and candid regarding his offending and gave details of where property stolen from several of the burglaries had been hidden. Searches were conducted and attempts were made to recover the items at various locations but unfortunately all were unsuccessful.

"This TIC process has allowed Cook’s victims to be updated with a positive outcome and for the officers in charge of the individual investigations to provide them with some reassurance and future crime prevention advice.

"The majority of the burglaries were committed purely to gain the keys to vehicles that were on driveways outside the properties. The addresses were not carefully selected due to the individual occupants and they were not specifically targeted. So to be able to tell Cook’s numerous victims that the offender did not know them, did not know their address, had not been watching them and that Cook has received a sentence of over 10 years is particularly rewarding for any detective.”

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