Bury man gets jailed for 18 months

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A Bury St Edmunds man who committed a series of thefts and burglaries in Norfolk and Suffolk was jailed for 18 months today.

Matthew Eke, 35, formerly of Tayfen Road, admitted committing 56 offences in the two counties, including burglaries in houses, businessES, schools and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, as well as supermarket thefts.

Eke was arrested in September in connection with a burglary at a business on Angel Hill, Bury, and went on to co-operate with police as part of an initiative which encourages offenders to admit offences to give their victims peace of mind.

Speaking after Eke’s sentence at Ipswich Crown Court today, Dc Duncan Etchells said he hoped it would give Eke’s victims some closure.

He said: “These offences affected a lot of people over a period of years - from those at the Cathedral and schools who had to deal with the loss and clearing up after Eke to those individuals who were victims of thefts.

“We’re pleased he decided to co-operate with us in order to give his victims some peace of mind that someone has been traced and dealt with for these crimes - in some cases years after the original offence.”