Offender given a chance after targeting cars

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A TROUBLED young man has been given an opportunity to change his life after he was caught trying to break into vehicles.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday how Jordan Bradley, 19, of Gipsy Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, was spotted by a witness in the town.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said: “A witness had gone to bed but heard the noise of a car handle being moved and he looked out and saw Bradley on a push bike with a hooded top and watched him ride to Glenfield Crescent.

“He kept getting off the bike and checking cars along the road and on nearby Greenside Avenue. The witness shouted but Bradley carried on trying more car doors and he saw him go on to Sanforth Street and the witness phoned police.”

Bradley admitted vehicle interference after the offence in February after he said he had been taking alcohol and drugs and aimed to steal property from the vehicles.

Bradley also admitted breaching a conditional discharge for an attempted shop-lifting offence and pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to bail.

Defence solicitor Bob Bashforth said Bradley, who has 15 previous convictions for dishonesty, suffers with depression and anxiety.

Magistrate Mr Shaw sentenced Bradley to a nine month supervision order including drug rehabilitation and educational training. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60. He told Bradley: “This court is giving you a chance.”