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Bishop's Stortford man Paul Sallows in court for trying to break into Greggs with prolific offender William Thornton

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A Bishop's Stortford man tried to break into a Greggs baker's shop with another man whose criminal record dates back to when he was eight.

Paul Sallows, 31, of South Street, was fined £250 for his role in the incident. His accomplice, William Thornton, 43, who has almost 100 thefts to his name, was given a suspended prison sentence and a curfew and was ordered to go to rehab.

The pair admitted attempted burglary with intent to steal when they appeared before Cambridge magistrates on Tuesday January 4. CCTV operators had caught them trying to force open the doors of Greggs in Long Causeway, Peterborough, on the evening of Sunday January 2.

William Thornton (54212508)
William Thornton (54212508)

Thornton, of Eastfield, Peterborough, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. He was also made the subject of a two-year criminal behaviour order which includes a curfew between 11pm and 6am, as well as having to positively engage with drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

PC Natalie Rycraft, who investigated, said: “Thornton is a prolific criminal with a wealth of convictions predominantly for theft and burglary to fund his drug addiction. He causes havoc in the community and has a detrimental effect on local businesses.”

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