Jail for violent Haverhill thief

Martin Andrews
Martin Andrews

A thief who attacked four security staff as he tried to steal from three Haverhill shops has been jailed.

Martin Andrews, 33, from Feltwell Place, Haverhill, pleaded guilty to four charges of assault by beating and three count of theft when he appeared at West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Monday (January 27).

Martin Andrews

Martin Andrews

Andrews was challenged by two security guards as he left Sainsbury’s Haverhill on Sunday (January 26) as he had meat hidden inside his coat.

He head butted and bit on of the guards and the other suffered a cut finger in the resulting scuffle at 3.15pm.

A policeman who was at the store by chance helped to subdue Andrews.

Last week’s Echo reported how Andrews had a taser pointed at him by Pc Mark Ellis after he was caught trying to leave the store suspected of having three one litre bottles of Jack Daniels at 3.40pm on January 16.

He had assaulted the two security guards and picked up a syringe when Pc Ellis approached, though dropped it when he drew the taser.

His accomplice Darryn Bragg, 46, from Eastern Avenue, Haverhill, pleaded guilty to theft and was handed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £17 compensation, £40 costs and £15 victim surcharge on January 17.

Andrews had also stolen a Monsters Inc Sulley toy worth £34.99 from Argos Haverhill on October 29 last year.

Having pleaded guilty to the charges he was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment.

Sgt Gary Miller, of the Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down by the court, as this individual had become a menace and was the cause of a great deal of distress to the victims and shops concerned.

“I hope his imprisonment will act as a deterrent to others who would behave in this way that it will not be tolerated and there will be serious repercussions for their actions.”

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