Crime

Man jailed for five years for robbery, burglary and knife offences in Ipswich

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for five years after committing a number of offences in Ipswich.

Luke Smart, of Oxford Road, Ipswich, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 9 July, where he was sentenced after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to the following offences: Robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of possession of a knife, handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation.

Smart was charged on Friday, May 3rd, in connection three incidents including holding a knife and entering Springs in Spring Road, Ipswich, and demanding cigarettes from the shopkeeper.

Between his arrest and sentencing, Smart chose to work with Suffolk Police’s Operation Converter Team and went on to admit four other offences including two dwelling burglaries, a robbery and a theft from the person.

Smart was visited while on remand in prison after he was charged with six offences. The TIC (Taken Into Consideration) process was explained and Smart chose to engage with the process in order to show that he was remorseful and to attempt to recover some of the property that he stole.

Detective Constable Barry Simpson from the Operation Converter TIC Unit

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