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'Ratboy' in prison again

A notorious criminal who was dubbed 'ratboy' when he was a youngster has been jailed again at the age of 34.

Local press on Tyneside gave Anthony Kennedy the nickname after he hid in ventilation shafts in Newcastle's Byker Wall when on the run from care homes and the police.

He ran up a number of convictions when he was a youth but vowed to go straight after saying he 'found God'.

But he has been jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting two counts of burglary.

Kennedy, from Blyth broke into two homes in one night in May.

It was said in court that he committed the crimes after drinking and taking medication.

It was thought he had turned his life around six years ago after he settled down with his partner and fathered two children.

He kicked heroin and started going to church regularly.