Teenagers jailed after a spate of burglaries

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THREE teenagers have been jailed for breaking into a house at night while a woman and her children slept.

Stella England, 42, was horrified when intruders broke into her house at night, raided her bedroom and drove off with her Mini Cooper which was parked in the driveway.

The teenage gang, who were high on drugs at the time, stole her handbag and hairdressing equipment from the home in Princes Road, Petersfield.

They then wrecked the £14,000 car during the joy-ride and dumped the ruined Mini on the A3.

Louis Bibby, 19, Harmony Tickner, 18, and Shane Whittaker, 19, received prison sentences when they appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The crime, which happened on February 2, was part of a series of break-ins in the Petersfield and Havant areas.

On the same day the group burgled a house in Penk Ridge, Bedhampton, and stole cash, car keys and a Renault.

Bibby and Tickner stole a Hyundai car in Anglesea Road, Portsmouth, on January 28 and took cash, a laptop and a car from a house in Rushes Road, Petersfield, between February 4 and 7.

Police caught the thieves after a high-speed chase through Portsmouth which ended when they drove a stolen car through the railway gates in Cosham.

Bibby who gave his address as Reading Prison, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary, two of taking a vehicle without consent and two of driving while disqualified. He was jailed for four years.

Tickner, of Eastwood Park Prison in Gloucestershire, was found guilty on three counts of burglary and three of taking a vehicle without consent and received a two-year sentence.

Whittaker, of Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, was found guilty on two counts of burglary and two of taking a vehicle without consent. He was locked up for two years.

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