Crooks stole £6,000 quad bike and £2,000 of tools from Salvation Army at Hadleigh farm

Echo: Matthew Bristow Matthew Bristow

TWO thieves have been jailed for stealing a quad bike and tools and equipment worth thousands of pounds from the Salvation Army.

Ricky Port, 27, and Matthew Bristow, 29, took the £6,000 quad bike and £2,000 of tools from the charity’s Hadleigh Farm in Castle Lane, Hadleigh, on October 5 last year.

The pair were caught when their getaway van triggered a police automatic number place recognition camera.

When police pulled them over, Port and Bristow claimed they were moving the property for a friend.

However, among the items police found in the back of the van was a Salavation Army sign.

Officers called Hadleigh Farm, which immediately confirmed there had been a breakin.

The thieves denied burglary, but were found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial at Basildon Crown Court.

Port, of Glebe Field, Basildon, was jailed for 30 months, while Bristow, of St James Road, Vange, was given 24 months.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Owen Davies, said: “You knew you were burgling premises belonging to the Salvation Army and you were taking items used to work on the land.

“This was a mean offence.

The Salvation Army was deprived of the tools it needed to maintain the farm.”

The court heard Porter had 24 previous convictions for similar offences. As the judge passed sentence, there was a fracas in the court, with members of Bristow’s and Port’s families weeping, while others shouted abuse at the judge.

They were ordered out of the public gallery by court staff.

During the trial, the court had heard police forensic teams linked a crowbar, found in Bristow and Port’s van, with a gouge mark left at the scene of the break-in.

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3:58pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BarryTanner says...

Very satisfying to see that this social detritus got a custodial........
Very satisfying to see that this social detritus got a custodial........ BarryTanner
  • Score: 21

3:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

scrounger‎ says...

Let's hear a War Cry for the judge and jury.
Let's hear a War Cry for the judge and jury. scrounger‎
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

A grim looking pair.
A grim looking pair. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

4:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good news.
Good news. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

4:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Life in a seaside town says...

The judge should have passed some sort of penalty to the abuse shouters
The judge should have passed some sort of penalty to the abuse shouters Life in a seaside town
  • Score: 18

4:29pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

i wonder if they took the guinea pig ?
i wonder if they took the guinea pig ? pembury53
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5:17pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

with members of Bristow's and Port's families weeping....... who writes this garbage? Hysterical. It is not a victorian melodrama it is two blokes caught stealing being sent to prison for incredibly short sentences.
with members of Bristow's and Port's families weeping....... who writes this garbage? Hysterical. It is not a victorian melodrama it is two blokes caught stealing being sent to prison for incredibly short sentences. Abington86
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

John Bull 40 says...

Middle finger to the police wrote:
That's a bit harsh I think for a sentence. Just two men trying to make a living.
How many A levels do you have or cant you count?
[quote][p][bold]Middle finger to the police[/bold] wrote: That's a bit harsh I think for a sentence. Just two men trying to make a living.[/p][/quote]How many A levels do you have or cant you count? John Bull 40
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Wed 9 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

Lets hope they both find unwanted boyfriends inside. Although Ricky might struggle, **** ugly mother ****** isnt he.
Lets hope they both find unwanted boyfriends inside. Although Ricky might struggle, **** ugly mother ****** isnt he. iknowbetter
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

Middle finger to the police wrote:
Abington86 wrote:
with members of Bristow's and Port's families weeping....... who writes this garbage? Hysterical. It is not a victorian melodrama it is two blokes caught stealing being sent to prison for incredibly short sentences.
Short sentence?! How can they justify 2 years for stealing?
For the same reason as these Pond life can justify stealing in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Middle finger to the police[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: with members of Bristow's and Port's families weeping....... who writes this garbage? Hysterical. It is not a victorian melodrama it is two blokes caught stealing being sent to prison for incredibly short sentences.[/p][/quote]Short sentence?! How can they justify 2 years for stealing?[/p][/quote]For the same reason as these Pond life can justify stealing in the first place. iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Sentencing the pair, Judge Owen Davies, said: “You knew you were burgling premises belonging to the Salvation Army and you were taking items used to work on the land.

“This was a mean offence.

The Salvation Army was deprived of the tools it needed to maintain the farm.”

The court heard Porter had 24 previous convictions for similar offences. As the judge passed sentence, there was a fracas in the court, with members of Bristow’s and Port’s families weeping, while others shouted abuse at the judge.

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why where they weeping..? surely they knew he was done for, caught red handed too.
24 previous..? a repeat offender who will repeat once out, bout time the 3 strikes was brought in.
and i hardly think it stopped work on the farm for very long, and any burglary is mean not just one against the salvation army who are probably richer than the richest rich person who is extremely well orf with richness.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Owen Davies, said: “You knew you were burgling premises belonging to the Salvation Army and you were taking items used to work on the land. “This was a mean offence. The Salvation Army was deprived of the tools it needed to maintain the farm.” The court heard Porter had 24 previous convictions for similar offences. As the judge passed sentence, there was a fracas in the court, with members of Bristow’s and Port’s families weeping, while others shouted abuse at the judge. -------------------- ----------- why where they weeping..? surely they knew he was done for, caught red handed too. 24 previous..? a repeat offender who will repeat once out, bout time the 3 strikes was brought in. and i hardly think it stopped work on the farm for very long, and any burglary is mean not just one against the salvation army who are probably richer than the richest rich person who is extremely well orf with richness. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Wed 9 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

Middle finger to the police wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
Middle finger to the police wrote:
Abington86 wrote:
with members of Bristow's and Port's families weeping....... who writes this garbage? Hysterical. It is not a victorian melodrama it is two blokes caught stealing being sent to prison for incredibly short sentences.
Short sentence?! How can they justify 2 years for stealing?
For the same reason as these Pond life can justify stealing in the first place.
Well, stealing is okay in my eyes if your stealing from big companies that make millions a week. I don't see nothing wrong with that. It is slightly bad though stealing from small businesses as they have worked hard for it.
Why am I not surprised to hear you say "stealing is ok" ??

Just out of interest, who turned over the stone in that very stagnant pond from whence these dribbling idiots came from and then let them loose on a computer?
[quote][p][bold]Middle finger to the police[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Middle finger to the police[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: with members of Bristow's and Port's families weeping....... who writes this garbage? Hysterical. It is not a victorian melodrama it is two blokes caught stealing being sent to prison for incredibly short sentences.[/p][/quote]Short sentence?! How can they justify 2 years for stealing?[/p][/quote]For the same reason as these Pond life can justify stealing in the first place.[/p][/quote]Well, stealing is okay in my eyes if your stealing from big companies that make millions a week. I don't see nothing wrong with that. It is slightly bad though stealing from small businesses as they have worked hard for it.[/p][/quote]Why am I not surprised to hear you say "stealing is ok" ?? Just out of interest, who turned over the stone in that very stagnant pond from whence these dribbling idiots came from and then let them loose on a computer? iknowbetter
  • Score: 3

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