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Man jailed for Debenham ram raids

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A 30-year-old man, who admitted his involvement in two destructive ram-raids, has been jailed.

Jesse Gatehouse, of Defoe Crescent, Colchester, was jailed for a total of four years and four months at Ipswich Crown Court.

Gatehouse initially pleaded guilty to burglary on November 13 – one day after his arrest while fleeing the scene of a cash machine theft at the Co-op in Debenham.

While on remand awaiting sentence, he confessed to six further crimes, including the theft of a Ford Transit van, which was used in the Debenham burglary, and a second ram-raid in Suffolk.

Detective Inspector Matt Adams said: “It will come of great reassurance to local businesses to see Jesse Gatehouse locked up.

“It is only because of his early guilty plea and engagement with the Op Converter team that he avoided a sentence of more than seven years in prison.

“Crimes like this leave a trail of destruction and numerous victims in their wake, from the people who have their vehicles stolen and often written off, to the tens of thousands of pounds damage caused to buildings.”

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