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Castle Acre joyrider gets 14 months

PUBLISHED: 18:52 08 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:50 08 July 2010

A CASTLE Acre man who stole a BMW from a car wash before joyriding around King's Lynn was on Monday given a 14-month custodial sentence.

Frankie Hawes, 20, of Massingham Road, had been released earlier on the same day from a previous sentence for motoring offences.

A CASTLE Acre man who stole a BMW from a car wash before joyriding around King's Lynn was on Monday given a 14-month custodial sentence.

Frankie Hawes, 20, of Massingham Road, had been released earlier on the same day from a previous sentence for motoring offences.

Malcolm Robins, prosecuting, said that the incident happened in November when the owner of

the car left their keys in the

vehicle at Shiny Hand Car Wash in Highgate, King's Lynn.

After stealing it Hawes backed into some posts and then drove off.

He admitted aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and failing to produce a specimen to police.

An off-duty police officer saw Hawes drive the BMW through red traffic lights.

Another motorist, Alan Hutchinson, felt something smash into the back of his car and then speed away. Mr Hutchinson followed the car and cornered it. Hawes was later found hiding behind a tree.

William Carter, defending, said his client did not remember what happened. He vaguely recalled buying alcohol that day.

Sending him to a young offenders' institution for 14 months and disqualifying him from driving for three years, Norwich Crown Court judge Simon Barham said: “You have a bad record of previous offending.”

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