Serial offenders Corbin Ward and Mark Hope jailed for burglary and dangerous driving offences

Raiders jailed after five-mile police pursuit drama

Corbin Ward

Mark Hope

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Court Reporter

TWO serial offenders used an axe to smash their way into a service station kiosk to snatch a haul of cigarettes, but their getaway was thwarted after a five-mile police chase that ended in Southampton.

The city crown court heard how Corbin Ward and Mark Hope targeted the garage in Tilshead, Wiltshire, where they grabbed about £3,000 worth of cigarettes before fleeing.

However, police later pursued their car with Hope at the wheel, during which he drove at excessive speed and went on the wrong side of the road as well as a roundabout.

Prosecutor Audrey Archer said the drama ended when a police unit managed to get in front of their car in Mousehole Lane, Midanbury.

Ward, 23, and Hope, 27, both of no fixed abode, admitted burglary and Hope also admitted dangerous driving. The former was said to have 26 previous convictions dating back to 2001 and Ward’s 27 previous convictions began in 2003.

The pair and Jade McFarlane, 26, also of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to receiving scratch cards stolen in a raid on the Co-op in Denmead. Hope had only been out of jail for eight days at the time.

Ward was jailed for three years. Hope received a three-year, four month sentence and was also disqualified for two years with an order to take a retest on its completion.

McFarlane received a six-month sentence, coupled with 12 months supervision, with £180 costs.

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11:40am Thu 22 May 14

hulla baloo says...

Both have a long history of convictions and yet still free to commit more crime. The law abiding public should be safe from scum like this. Lock them up for life. They are no good to society and probably cheaper in the long run.
Both have a long history of convictions and yet still free to commit more crime. The law abiding public should be safe from scum like this. Lock them up for life. They are no good to society and probably cheaper in the long run. hulla baloo
  • Score: 10

11:53am Thu 22 May 14

befriendly says...

Criminality is their way of life and to protect the innocent public I suggest an uninhabited isle with the tools required for self sufficiency. No work, no eat.
Criminality is their way of life and to protect the innocent public I suggest an uninhabited isle with the tools required for self sufficiency. No work, no eat. befriendly
  • Score: 13

12:37pm Thu 22 May 14

Moscar says...

Dont worry the Police got a right bollo*king yesterday, sat their like naughty school boys, sulking and bottom lips wobbling.
They will sort it out today or they will in detention.
Dont worry the Police got a right bollo*king yesterday, sat their like naughty school boys, sulking and bottom lips wobbling. They will sort it out today or they will in detention. Moscar
  • Score: -5

3:10pm Thu 22 May 14

Carpe Diem says...

Moscar wrote:
Dont worry the Police got a right bollo*king yesterday, sat their like naughty school boys, sulking and bottom lips wobbling. They will sort it out today or they will in detention.
Looks like the police did their job in this case. Blame for the weak sentences lies with liberal sentencing policy which limits what judges can hand down. Perhaps if they had been more harshly punished for their earlier crimes it might have made them go straight sooner.
[quote][p][bold]Moscar[/bold] wrote: Dont worry the Police got a right bollo*king yesterday, sat their like naughty school boys, sulking and bottom lips wobbling. They will sort it out today or they will in detention.[/p][/quote]Looks like the police did their job in this case. Blame for the weak sentences lies with liberal sentencing policy which limits what judges can hand down. Perhaps if they had been more harshly punished for their earlier crimes it might have made them go straight sooner. Carpe Diem
  • Score: 3

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