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Prolific burglar sentenced to two years in prison

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A 35-year-old prolific burglar has been jailed for two years after admitting a series of commercial burglaries in Northampton earlier this year.

Wayne Townsend, previously of Jubilee Crescent, Wellingborough, pleaded guilty to three burglaries when he appeared before Northampton Crown Court on Friday, June 26.

He was sentenced to three, two-year prison sentences to run concurrently, which means he will serve two of the six years in jail. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149.

Townsend was arrested on Friday, March 13 by a police dog handler after he was caught by staff at Carlsberg UK, searching a restricted office at the Bridge Street site in Northampton.

He also admitted to burglaries at two other Northampton businesses. Briggs & Forrester Limited in Kingsthorpe, on Friday, February 21, and Kappa Packaging in Moulton Way, on Friday, February 28, where he stole property to the value of £300 and £110 respectively.

Northampton Response Officer, PC Richard Beckett, who led the investigation, said: “We welcome this custodial sentence and hope the imprisonment of Townsend will allow the community of Northampton to feel reassured that the Force is taking a hard stance on prolific offending and fighting crime.

“This was a fantastic result for members of the business community, and we hope they feel safer in the knowledge that a prolific burglar will be off the streets for two years and therefore unable to continue his wave of crime.”

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