Portsmouth car thief is warned by judge that he faces jail

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A JUDGE has blasted a car thief for treating the court like a ‘children’s playground’.

Luke Colwell is due to be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court for aggravated vehicle theft, driving without a licence and insurance and possession of cannabis.

But before that can happen the 18-year-old must meet with the probation service for a pre-sentence report.

On hearing that Colwell had twice failed to turn up for meetings Judge Richard Price said: ‘I don’t know what you think you are playing at.

‘You presumably think this is some sort of children’s playground.

‘You are before the court for a matter which will almost certainly cause you to be sent to prison immediately just before Christmas which for you is going to be unpleasant.

‘Let me be absolutely clear about it, if you don’t keep the appointment for whatever reason then any remote chance you might have of not going to prison disappears.’

Colwell, of Meyrick Road, Stamshaw, has admitted taking a car from Idsworth Road, Copnor, on October 12.

He is due to be sentenced next month.