Three admit to failed ram-raid

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Three men took part in a bungled ram-raid in Corby which saw the car they used crash into a lamppost just after the burglary.

Nicky Burton, 26, Lee Mitchell, 25, and Darren Stephenson, 24, were part of a team which rammed a stolen Mazda through the gates of All Vehicle Parts in The Grove in the early hours of October 14.

They then smashed through the front door and helped themselves to nearly £1,300 of kit, including two computer screens.

They then escaped, but just a mile away in Jubilee Avenue the car they were in hit a lamppost left the highway.

While Burton escaped with minor injuries, Mitchell and Stephenson had to be cut from the back seats of the car by attending fire crews.

Stephenson was critically injured and was in intensive care in a hospital for two months.

Police used CCTV footage to identify Burton getting out of the car and arrested him.

All three appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and burglary.

Judge Lynn Tayton heard from the defendents’ barristers in mitigation how the incident had acted as a ‘wake-up call’.

She gave Burton, of Bradford Street, Glasgow, a 50-week suspended prison sentence, placed him under supervision for two months and ordered he undertake 175 hours of unpaid work.

Stephenson, of Lapland Walk, Corby, received a 36-month community order with a supervision requirement and a six-week curfew.

Mitchell, of Culross Walk, Corby, had his sentencing adjourned for an assessment by probation.