Vain thieves who took 35 cars worth 500,000 in 40-day crime spree caught after posing for pictures in stolen vehicles Sam Holmes, 22, and David Leadbeater, 23, from Eltham, South London pleaded guilty to burglaries Police said they 'slipped up in every way possible' by leaving breadcrumb trail of evidence Stole a range of high-end cars including BMWs Audis and Mercedes' from driveways in Kent and Surrey By Sara Smyth PUBLISHED: 12:08 GMT, 21 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:19 GMT, 21 April 2013 Two thieves unwittingly left a trail of evidence for their own arrest by posing for pictures in cars they had stolen. Sam Holmes, 22, and David Leadbeater, 23, stole 35 cars worth more than 500,000 from driveways in Kent and Surrey
100,000 'hard core' criminals have at least 15 convictions – and the number is rising Ministry of Justice figures show worrying rise in hardened criminalsConvictions for serious and more minor offences see riseAverage prison sentence length jumps dramatically in 10 yearsPrison expert says public is at risk from repeat offenders By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 17:39 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:52 GMT, 22 February 2013 Hardened: Ministry of Justice figures show a worrying rise in repeat offenders. The number of criminals with 15 or more previous convictions or cautions is now one in three
Naked man pinned down burglar and held him until police arrived during raid on flatHouseholder Tom Best, 22, rugby tackled burglar Delroy Daley to the floor Best kept Daley pinned to the ground until police arrived at his Middlesbrough home Daley was yesterday jailed for four years at Teesside Crown Court | UPDATED: 18:57 GMT, 7 December 2012 A naked homeowner tackled a burglar in his own home and pinned him down until police arrived, a court heard.
Reprimand for judge who told burglar he needed 'a huge amount of courage' to steal from homes and set him freeJudge Peter Bowers faced criticism from David Cameron over his commentsThe PM said burglars were 'cowards' and their crimes were 'hateful'Serial burglar Richford Rochford burgled three houses in five daysJudge told his remarks were 'offensive' and a serious error of 'judgement' | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 4 December 2012 A judge who told a burglar that stealing from homes took 'a huge amount of courage' before setting him free has been formally reprimanded. Judge Peter Bowers admitted he could be pilloried for sparing Richard Rochford from prison at Teesside Crown Court when he made the comment in September.
Thousands of robbers and rapists let off with cautions, despite guidelines that they should only be given for minor offences | UPDATED: 04:26 GMT, 2 December 2012 More than half a million criminals have been let off with warnings for serious offences including rape, burglary and arson. Official figures revealing the full scale of the problem show more than 400 sex offenders who admitted rape or attempted rape over the past 15 years walked free after being given a caution by police.