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A Lowestoft teenager who admitted a string of thefts from vehicles in the town will be able to 'move forward with a clean slate' after working with police.

Iestyn Evans, 18, of Commercial Road, was at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court yesterday, where he was handed an 18-month community order, a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay compensation.

The sentence came after Evans was charged with three thefts from motor vehicles - all of which happened in Lowestoft between December 6 and 14 2020 - and two charges relating to vehicle interference offences - both of which happened on December 17 in the town.

A Lowestoft teenager who admitted a string of thefts from vehicles in the town will be able to 'move forward with a clean slate' after working with police
A Lowestoft teenager who admitted a string of thefts from vehicles in the town will be able to 'move forward with a clean slate' after working with police

After he was charged with these offences, Evans asked for 24 other offences to be taken into consideration.

All of those offences occurred between November and December 2020 in Carlton Colville, Pakefield and Lowestoft, and involved theft from motor vehicles and interference with motor vehicles.

PC Tim Barrell from the Operation Converter team - an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes - said: "Iestyn Evans was approached after being charged by police in relation to theft from motor vehicle offences and while on court bail, he made voluntary admissions to a further 24 offences. All of these offences were committed overnight.

"Lowestoft Safer Neighbourhood Team investigated a number of the theft from motor vehicle offences, with their excellent work resulting in the arrest and charge of Evans.

"Whilst on court bail he was approached by specialist officers from Op Converter and through our work, supported by the SNT, he admitted to the further offences."

PC Barrell said Evans has since apologised for his actions and helped police return property linked to the offences.

He added: "By working with us, he will be able to move forward with a clean slate without the fear of further charges in the future.”

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