Sunderland booze raider promises to quit drink and drugs

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A RAIDER in court for a series of drink-and drug-fuelled thefts has told a judge “I’m quitting it all”.

Aaron Richardson stole slabs of lager from four shops in Sunderland and a fire extinguisher from a block of flats.

The 22-year-old also carried out a burglary at a vacant office premises in the city, where he and a pal caused more than £1,500 of damage while they were trying to steal a boiler and piping.

Richardson, of Fuller Road, Hendon, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to one offence of burglary, four of theft, and asked for one further theft to be taken into consideration.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Richardson has a history of alcohol and cannabis abuse.

Michael Robinson, defending, told the court that Richardson has taken advantage of the help offered to him while on remand and has taken part in educational courses.

Mr Robinson added: “He has been drinking alcohol from a very young age and consuming cannabis from a very young age and, unfortunately, it has reached this point.

“He is trying to get beyond the position he has found himself in.”

Speaking from the dock of the court, Richardson said: “I am quitting it all, to be honest.”

Judge Roger Thorn QC jailed him for 14 months.

The judge told him: “I have got to send you to prison today. It is no pleasure to do so, a young man like you, fit and capable of doing a job and being a valuable member of society.”

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