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Bow man jailed for burglary

A TOWER HAMLETS resident has been jailed for three and a half years for committing a burglary. He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will be required to take an extended driving test before he can obtain a new licence.

The man convicted has been named as John O’Shea, 30, of Fairfoot Road, E3. He committed the burglary in Tower Hamlets in September last year. He was arrested, and charged, in East London in February.

The charges were: burglary of a dwelling (theft), dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance. O’Shea pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing last month at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Police Constable Francis Ashton from Central East CID (which covers Hackney and Tower Hamlets) investigated the matter. He said: “It is very important that our communities know that we are still out there catching criminals during these difficult times and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to secure guilty pleas [from] O’Shea.

“O’Shea was caught after being seen driving erratically during the early hours of 25th February by traffic officers on the A12. A lengthy police pursuit began in the Redbridge area where he was found hiding in gardens, having been tracked by helicopter and the dog unit. He was arrested for the driving offences and then came up as wanted for the burglary last year, during which he stole three expensive bicycles from a residential flat.”

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