Burglar confesses to Cleadon raids and stays in prison

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A JAILED serial burglar has been given a further three years behind bars after making a prison cell confession to a series of unsolved house raids.

John Griffiths was just days away from being released from a four-year sentence when he admitted responsibility for eight burglaries in Cleadon in 2009.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges of burglary and asked for four further offences to be taken into consideration.

He also admitted a charge of theft relating to an Alpha Romeo he stole after taking the keys during one of the break-ins.

Prosecutor Jim Hope told the court Griffiths’ confession relates to seven house burglaries and a break-in at the Bon Appetit food outlet where a charity box was taken.

The court heard Griffiths was almost at the end of his sentence at Acklington prison, which had been imposed early last year for burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, when he wrote a letter to police asking to be interviewed.

When officers visited him at the jail he said he wanted to confess to the Cleadon raids.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “The police took him out in the car and he pointed out the buildings he had burgled. He’s endeavouring to wipe the slate clean.”

Griffiths was sentenced to three years behind bars.