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Man with no insurance who was pulled over in Downham Market admits to stealing food and petrol

A man wanted for stealing food and petrol was pulled over in Downham for not having insurance.

Jamie Pudney, 33, appeared in Lynn Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to a total of five offences.

He admitted driving a VW Passat on October 5 on the A10 at Downham without any insurance, as well as driving it without a valid MOT.

Pudney was pulled over on the A10 at Downham Market. Picture: Google Maps
Pudney was pulled over on the A10 at Downham Market. Picture: Google Maps

He also admitted two accounts of theft, which saw him steal food from the BP Scole Garage in Diss on September 13 and 26, valued at £60 and £122.

On October 2, Pudney filled up his car with £90 worth of fuel and made off without paying from the same garage. He also pleaded guilty to this.

Prosecutor Qamar Iqbal told the court that police pulled over Pudney on October 5 and arrested him for all of the matters.

In mitigation, George Sorrell explained the background behind Pudney’s thefts.

“It was a difficult time for him, caused by debt,” the solicitor said.

“He was stealing for his family, and he stole fuel so he could get to work.

“He has come to understand by overcoming this, he will have to work hard.”

Pudney, of Benningfield Crescent in Halesworth, Suffolk, was ordered to pay compensation of £272 back to the BP Garage for the food and fuel he stole.

He was fined £384 for making off without payment, and will also pay a victim surcharge of £154.

A total of six penalty points have also been added to his driving licence.

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