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Prolific Tameside thief jailed for string of offences
Friday 4th January 2019 @ 17:08 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw Hyde News Tameside

A prolific thief has been jailed after pleading guilty to a string of offences across Tameside.

42-year-old Lee Thompson, of no fixed abode, was today sentenced to two years and six months in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court. He was also banned from driving for two years and three months.

Thompson pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, three counts of shoplifting, handling stolen goods, driving without a licence or insurance, breaching a restraining order and making threats against another person.

The catalogue of offences all took place between July and November 2018.

Thompson was arrested in Hyde on December 6th last year, when police saw him driving a black Nissan Qashqai down Union Street in Hyde and followed him, knowing that he was wanted for a number of offences, including threatening to stab a supermarket security guard with a needle and thefts from both B&M and Aldi in Hyde.

At the time of his arrest, Thompson was with someone who had a restraining order against him.

Following checks, police found the Nissan had been stolen from a house in Denton the previous day. When searched, Thompson had the car keys in his pocket but no driving licence or insurance.

Thompson also pleaded guilty to a burglary on Stockport Road, Bredbury, on September 25th, when he entered a business, took car keys from a handbag and stole the car.

Police Constable Chris Ritchie, of GMP’s Tameside Operational Support Unit said: “It is thanks to the swift action of our officers that Thompson was arrested and brought to account for his actions.

“He showed a disturbing level of violence, having threatened a supermarket security guard with a hypodermic needle.”

“Burglary and theft are crimes which blight our society, and our officers are committed to tracking down those who commit them.”