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Man admits breaking into two takeaway food outlets

A Bishop's Cleeve man has admitted breaking into two takeaway food outlets in Tewkesbury over the bank holiday weekend.

At Cheltenham Magistrates' Court Richard Francis, 31 of The Cloisters, Bishop's Cleeve, admitted entering the premises of The Crusty Cob sandwich bar in Nelson Street and the Hide Coffee and Tea House in Church Street on August 29 with intent to steal.

Prosecutor Kathryn Jones explained to the court that the offences occurred one after each other at around 11pm. Francis was arrested by police at 11.45pm.

Rachel Chaston-Fry, defending said that Francis' drug habit was to blame for the offences

She added that Francis is subject to a suspended sentence order imposed in April for offences of burglary and theft. The drugs rehabilation element of the sentence had not yet been addressed and he still needs help, she said.

Mary Gaffney, chair of the magistrates, granted Francis conditional bail until Thursday (September 3) and imposed an electronically tagged curfew between 7pm and 7am on Francis..

She also ordered the probation service to give the court an update then about Francis' drug rehabilitation programme issues.

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