1. ITV Report

Criminal behind one-man crimewave in Bedlington area

Andrew Jackman. Credit: Northumbria Police

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."

“Jackman was a familiar face in Bedlington and was well-known to use bullying tactics and to intimidate residents and business owners. He brought about a culture of misery as he moved around the town and as such I hope local people feel reassured now that he has now been removed from our community for a considerable period of time.

"Getting individuals like Jackman off our streets to allow our communities to thrive is our absolute priority. ”

– Chief Inspector Helena Barron