Send me to jail'

PUBLISHED: 16:03 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:42 04 May 2010

HEROIN addict Christopher Silk will be spending Christmas in jail - because he told magistrates it was the best place for him. He had admitted committing a spate of thefts to fund his drug habit, and on Thursday his wish was granted and the 22-year-old wa

HEROIN addict Christopher Silk will be spending Christmas in jail - because he told magistrates it was the best place for him.

He had admitted committing a spate of thefts to fund his drug habit, and on Thursday his wish was granted and the 22-year-old was given a 10-month sentence.

Silk, of Windmill Close, Ely, had admitted stealing men's fragrances worth £125 from Boots in Peterborough, a magnetic sticker machine worth £19.99 from Woolworths, in Ely, and some frozen pizzas from the One-Stop Shop, in Ely.

He further admitted stealing £371 worth of goods from a supermarket in Bury St Edmunds, and admitted breaching two community orders, imposed earlier this year for offences of theft and burglary.

Silk appeared before Ely Magistrates, and had written a letter telling them: "My family have supported me throughout my problems but there comes a time when it all becomes too much for them.

"Having found myself in prison I now feel it is the best place for me to be.

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