Bampton thief deserves a longer jail term, residents insist
A BURGLAR who has raided the homes of the elderly and vulnerable in Mid Devon will re-offend when he is released from prison, police fear.
Jonathan Parr, 27, of School Close, Bampton, was jailed for 18 weeks by Exeter magistrates for a burglary at Gumbland Farm, Bampton, on August 8.
Sergeant Jane Alford-Mole, based at Tiverton, said Parr had targeted homes, outbuildings and cars, and had a string of convictions dating back to 2003.
She said: “He has broken into sheds and houses, and he is likely to re-offend so we want to warn people about him, to ask them to be vigilant and to ensure their properties are well secured and protected, especially at Bampton.
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“People are very angry and upset and fear he will soon be committing crime again.
“They think he is being given short sentences, even though he is upsetting so many people.”
Parr pleaded guilty to burglary at Gumbland Farm, where children saw him he stealing a jar of cash and a chain.
He also assaulted PC Zane McCormack in the execution of his duty and had 10 other offences taken into consideration.
Sgt Alford-Mole said police were likely to collate a series of community impact statements to back up an application to serve Parr with an Asbo.
A Bampton resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said “feelings are running high” in Bampton and many people felt Parr had not had the punishment he deserved.
He said: “It is the people of Bampton who are being let down by the justice system. Feelings are running very, very high and people are tempted to take the law into their own hands.
“Now the street lights at West Street are turned off, I’m going to the council to try to get that reversed because it lets people like this float around in total darkness.”
Sgt Alford-Mole stressed that Bampton – and Tiverton, which Parr also visits – were safe places to live and that it was only “the odd person who is creating misery” for others.
Parr has also been known as an ‘area target criminal’ by police, a tag given to repeat offenders who are frequently monitored.
Sgt Alford-Mole said: “These are people who we believe are heavily involved in criminal activity and we disrupt that by attending their address day and night so we know where they are and who they are spending time with.
“They are also stopped by police when they come out of their homes and, if appropriate, they will be searched.
“We want people to report any suspicious incidents regarding Parr and to be vigilant around the areas of Tiverton and Bampton and if they have any concerns they should give us a ring.”
Police can be called on 999 or 101 and Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.