A man who went on a six month crime spree across Bedlington is now behind bars.

Local man Andrew Jackman, 27 and no fixed address, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to face 20 separate charges committed between March to August this year.

Jackman has been handed a 23 month prison sentence, having been found guilty of all charges, for:

  • Theft

  • Threatening behaviour

  • Driving while disqualified

  • Failure to surrender to custody

  • Making off without payment

  • Driving offences

During the peak of his offending, Jackman stole an Audi A3 from outside a house in Bedlington Station and went on to use the car to commit multiple offences.

He was also found slumped behind the wheel of another car in Guidepost, having been found intoxicated by a member of the public and was arrested shortly afterwards for driving while under the influence and without insurance or a licence.

He was found to have repeatedly stolen from local shops and as a result in July he was handed a 12 month ban from a number of premises in Morpeth under the Shopwatch scheme.

“This was a reckless crime spree from a man who is best described as a habitual offender."

Chief Inspector Helena Barron