'One Man Crime Wave' admits further offences

PUBLISHED: 12:12 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 04 May 2010

JAILED teenager Adam Bishop-Bridges - who has been described as a one-man crime wave - admitted a string of further offences when he got British Transport Police to visit him in custody. Bishop-Bridges, 19, who is currently serving 30 months in a you

JAILED teenager Adam Bishop-Bridges - who has been described as a "one-man crime wave" - admitted a string of further offences when he got British Transport Police to visit him in custody.

Bishop-Bridges, 19, who is currently serving 30 months in a young offenders' institution for more than 200 offences, gave officers details of crimes he committed at Ely Railway Station.

Appearing at the city courthouse on Thursday, 19-year-old Bishop-Bridges admitted attempting to steal a white Ford Sierra, and asked for eight more offences to be taken into consideration.

Those offences included stealing a car and a motorcycle, stealing a motorcycle helmet, four pedal cycle thefts, and attempting to steal a motorbike.

Prosecuting, Delia Matthews told magistrates that Bishop-Bridges, formerly of Christopher Tye Close, Ely, was given the 30-month sentence by Cambridge Crown Court in January for two burglary offences, when he asked for 204 other offences to be taken into consideration, including burglary, and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.

"He contacted the police to say he wanted to admit other matters before his release," she said. "He is due for release in the summer."

Bishop-Bridges told officers how he tampered with a car parked at the railway station between August 9 and 13 last year.

"The lock was forced, entry was gained and the alarm was disabled," said Mrs Matthews. "The vehicle was searched, but nothing was stolen."

Solicitor Christina Metcalfe told the court: "My client contacted British Transport Police because he wanted to clear up these matters.

"Those officers say these crimes had been recorded, but there was no evidence, so they would not have been resolved if he had not offered assistance."

The court gave Bishop-Bridges another 28-day sentence at a young offenders' institution, to run alongside his current sentence.

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