Page last updated at 17:42 GMT, Friday, 24 October 2008 18:42 UK

Six brothers in jail at same time

Six brothers are in prison at the same time after one was jailed for burglary.

Jason Smith, 22, from Kingsland Road, Luton, admitted six burglaries, one charge of theft from a car, taking a car and making off without payment.

At Luton Crown Court, William Noble, defending, said: "He is one of six brothers, all of whom are in custody."

Smith was jailed for four-and-a-half years. He asked for 48 crimes in Bedfordshire and 24 in Hertfordshire to be taken into consideration.

Smith, who began offending when he was 11, had committed burglaries in Luton and North Hertfordshire mainly between May and July.

Mr Noble said Smith had been addicted to heroin by the time of his 15th birthday, and all his offending was to finance his drug habit.

Judge Peter Wright told him: "Your background leaves one saddened. Life has dealt you a pretty raw hand. But there are a shocking number of crimes here."


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