A brother and sister have been sentenced for a crime wave between 2016 and 2023.

John Sturgess, 37, and Jaideenna Graham, 24, were caught by police after a car was stolen from a driveway in Walpole St Andrew and given fake plates.

The car was recovered and further enquiries linked the pair to a burglary in King’s Lynn last August and a burglary at Wells Congregational Church on August 24.

At the time the siblings were living in a nearby tent.

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While on remand Sturgess engaged with Operation Converter - the unit which encourages offenders to admit to further crimes that can be taken into consideration at sentencing - and asked for eight other offences to be considered.

These were four burglaries, two thefts and two making off without payment from a petrol filling station.

In total they amounted to more than £6,000 - of which only £100 of which was recovered.

Both appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday, March 6.

Sturgess, of Chalk Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also handed a 12-month driving ban and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting to three counts of burglary, two counts of theft, one of fraud, one count of possessing a class B drug and one count of driving while disqualified.

Graham, also of Chalk Road, Wisbech, was given an 18-month community order, 20 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and ordered to undertake a mental health treatment requirement for 12 months.

She admitted to three counts of burglary, three of theft, and one count of possessing a class B drug.