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Burglar smashed his way into town centre shop

A burglar has been jailed after smashing his way into a Newark town centre shop.

Daryl Coulter, aged 35, broke into the clothing shop in St Mark’s Place, Newark, by smashing glass in the main entrance door.

Police were called to the store after reports an intruder was still inside the building around 7.30am on Wednesday (14 February).

Response officers discovered the damage to the shop when they arrived at the scene, which included the smashed door, clothing thrown in the window and baskets knocked over.

No one was inside the shop but officers quickly caught up with Coulter and he was arrested and charged with burglary.

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Coulter, of no fixed abode, was jailed for four months when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (15 February). He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary.

Inspector Lisa Schooling, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“We investigate shop break-ins like this thoroughly as no one should have to arrive at their place of work and discover the business has been raided by intruders.

“We also understand the financial costs involved in repairing and cleaning up after offenders smash their way into premises.

“Officers have worked closely with the business as part of the investigation and I hope the shop owners and members of the public are reassured by our response.”

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