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Wester Matthews, of St Agnes Gardens, Sheerness, jailed after targeting caravan in Sittingbourne High Street

By Poppy Jeffery

A burglar who was found hiding under a caravan behind a shop in Sittingbourne has been put behind bars for almost three years.

Wester Matthews, of St Agnes Gardens, Sheerness, targeted the home in the High Street on November 10 last year.

The 37-year-old tried to get through the front door but the victim was woken by him saying "hello, hello" in the early hours whilst pulling on the handle.

Wester Matthews. Picture: Kent Police.
Wester Matthews. Picture: Kent Police.

The occupant got out of bed and saw him trying to climb through a window.

He then tried to hide under the caravan but was watched and the police were called, who then arrested him.

Matthews pleaded guilty to one count of burglary before Maidstone Crown Court.

Sittingbourne High Street
Sittingbourne High Street

He was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison.

Detective Constable Richard Sears, investigating officer for the case, said: "Matthews has served time in prison for previous burglaries but has continued to be a nuisance to the general public.

"He cares little for the impact this offence has on victims. For this particular offence he targeted them during the early hours of the morning - a time when they would have no doubt felt more vulnerable than usual.

"Were he to remain in public, he would have continued to present a risk to other people. I therefore welcome the sentence that has been passed by the judge."

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