Rehab for ‘prolific’ criminal who committed more than 40 crimes

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A criminal who pleaded guilty to a string of 41 offences – including many in Dacorum – has escaped jail in favour of rehab.

Charlie Bradford, 20, was given the opportunity to enrol on the Choices And Consequences (C2) programme after his case was reviewed at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, June 15.

Bradford admitted committing the list of offences including burglary, theft from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicles and making off without payment from a service station.

The crime spree happened between July 22 last year and January 16 this year in Hemel Hempstead, Radlett, Tring, Berkhamsted, Watford, South Oxhey, Hackney and Harlow.

Bradford, of Otterspool Lane, Watford, was accepted for assessment for the programme after admitting his offences.

The C2 programme aims to give prolific offenders – usually with some form of addiction which drives their criminality – the opportunity to put a life of crime behind them by helping them to deal with their problems, whilst ensuring they do not reoffend.

Offenders must make a firm commitment to change their lifestyle, cure any addiction they may have, train, find a job and stick with it.

Bradford remains in custody at this time but is expected to be released in early July on a bail assessment.

Police say once he is released he must meet strict conditions in order to stay on the programme and avoid receiving a custodial sentence for the crimes he has admitted to.

As part of the programme Bradford is required to:

> Wear a GPS tracker and keep it charged

> Live and sleep at the Supporting Herts – address to be confirmed;

> Abide by an 8pm–8am curfew;

> Have drug tests twice weekly;

> Engage with Spectrum (a drug addiction programme);

> Have supervision appointments with Probation & Offender Manager;

> Enrol in education training and employment;

> Work with partnership agencies when required.

DS Joady Ealham, from the Offender Management Unit, said: “C2 is a challenging sentence that demands total commitment from the candidates, who must surrender themselves to close monitoring.

“Not only that, but they must do all this whilst running the risk that if they don’t adhere to the conditions, they face a very long time in prison.”

Judge Carroll said that if Bradford did not fully commit to the programme, he could face a custodial sentence of four to five years.

The C2 programme is run by Herts Police in partnership with Hertfordshire Probation Service, Drug Services, other third party agencies under the direction of Judge Carroll at St Albans Crown Court.