Teenager locked up after robbery bid

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A Bury St Edmunds teenager who breached a suspended sentence order is behind bars.

Damien Peters, 18, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday to admit attempted robbery.

Peters, of no fixed address, had been sentenced at the same court in January to 12 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution suspended for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary in Westley Road, Bury, and also at the home of an elderly woman in Haverhill.

The court heard that he had stolen a mobile phone from a youth and headbutted him in the earlier offence. He was arrested after the Haverhill break-in because police linked Peters to the crime through DNA analysis of blood smears on stolen items which were dropped as he feld the scene.

The court had been told that Peters, formerly of Parkington Walk, Bury, and now of no fixed address, had committed the offences to help fund his drug addiction.

He was warned by Mr Recorder David Anderson that if the behaviour continued he would spend ‘a very considerable amount of your life behind bars’.

On Friday, the court was told that Peters had been arrested following an attempted robbery in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, on March 8.

The victim had been a 17-year-old boy who was approached by Peters in Pot Kiln Road at 7.30pm that evening.

Peters pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery and also admitted being in breach of the suspended sentence order.

Judge John Devaux sentenced Peters to seven months in a Young Offenders’ Institution for the attempted robbery and activated 11 months of the suspended sentence, making a total of 18 months.