Car thief ignored court order

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A YOUNG criminal has been jailed after he stole a car the same day he was given another chance by the courts.

Richard Gray, 23, was given a community order by Hartlepool magistrates on March 7 for handling stolen goods.

But later that day he stole a Vauxhall Corsa from outside its owner’s home in Turnbull Street, Hartlepool.

Police spotted it two hours later and after a short chase arrested Gray, who has 32 convictions on his record covering 68 offences.

He was given a six-month prison term when sentenced at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

Gray, of Breward Walk, Hartlepool, admitted taking a motor vehicle without consent.

Robin Denny, mitigating, said a letter by Gray to the court showed he was aware of his bad record and wanted to do something about it.

Judge George Moorhouse said: “The aggravating feature is you were made the subject of a community order on that day. It shows you have scant regard for court orders.”