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Drunk man went on burglary sporee

PUBLISHED: 15:20 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 July 2010

AN 18-year-old Asperger's Syndrome sufferer was given a nine month community order after an alcohol-fuelled spree of burglaries across Gorleston.

Callan Campbell, of Church Road in the town, carried out “a spate of offending” over a bank holiday weekend in May breaking into four premises.

AN 18-year-old Asperger's Syndrome sufferer was given a nine month community order after an alcohol-fuelled spree of burglaries across Gorleston.

Callan Campbell, of Church Road in the town, carried out “a spate of offending” over a bank holiday weekend in May breaking into four premises.

At an earlier hearing at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court, Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and admitted a further two incidents which were taken into consideration.

On Monday he appeared for sentencing.

Prosecuting Stephen Poole told the court how Campbell, along with another, broke into the social services building at Ferryside, on High Road. The pair smashed five windows and got into the kitchen, used to prepare food for the meals on wheels service provided by the Primary Care Trust.

Campbell wasn't found on the premises but was linked by blood left on the edge of a metal table. Mr Poole said more than £800 worth of damage was caused to the building and that the break in disrupted meals on wheels.

The second premises Campbell broke into was Kings Church, on Queen Anne's Road, by smashing a conservatory window.

A sofa was moved outside and again, blood was left at the scene.

Mr Poole explained the church had not provided the court with details of repair costs and instead offered help to Campbell.

The court heard that Campbell broke into a new-build Treadwell house by smashing windows and damaged interior doors causing £750 worth of damage.

He also targeted the United Reformed Church on Back Chapel Lane during his break-in spree. The court heard there he damaged a fire door and smashed windows.

Following forensic investigations, Campbell was arrested and interviewed. He admitted to police he had been drinking and that his recollection of that evening was “varied.”

In mitigation Rob New said Campbell was one of two young people involved in the offences and added: “The other young man was 17-years-old and he (Campbell) is by far more vulnerable.”

Mr New went on to say that the offences were “at the lower end of the scale” and that they were committed with “intrigue” and “interest” as to what was inside the buildings, not what they could steal from them.

The court heard that Campbell, who is unemployed, suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and because of this he often drinks alcohol. Mr New explained Campbell was receiving help from drugs and alcohol abuse charity NORCAS for his problem.

Campbell was given a nine month community order and supervision order.

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