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Catflap squatter gets suspended sentence

Catflap squatter gets suspended sentence
A squatter who broke into an empty house through the catflap has been handed a suspended sentence after missing a string of probation meetings.

A squatter who broke into an empty house through the catflap has been handed a suspended sentence after missing a string of probation meetings.

Spencer Bamping originally received a supervision order but was taken back to Exeter Crown Court by the probation service after he failed to turn up for four appointments.

The painter and decorator said he missed the meetings because he got a job in Manchester and was living away from the area.

Bamping's original offence was to damage the back door of a house which was empty and for sale in Olive Place, Heathfield, Newton Abbot, and spend four days living there, leaving it a mess.

The horrified house seller got a call from a potential buyer to tell her the back door had been left in pieces and there was rubbish strewn around the floor. She managed to clean it up and the house sale went through.

Bamping, aged 42, of Veitch Place, Newton Abbot, admitted criminal damage and squatting in a residential building and was ordered to do 60 hours unpaid community work and receive 12 months supervision by Judge David Melville, QC at the first hearing last year.

Judge Graham Cottle revoked the community order and imposed a three month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He told Bamping:"The probation service have better things to do than to try and help people sho do not attend appointments. If you had done anything more serious you would probably have gone straight inside today."

Bamping, who was not represented, said he missed the meetings because he had been offered work as a decorator in Manchester.

He said he is now back living with his daughter in Newton Abbot and helping to look after her baby while she works as a nurse.


Sourced from Exeter Express and Echo

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