Man sentenced to twenty months in prison for hospital burglary

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A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison after burgling Northampton General Hospital.

At 11pm on November 24, 2021, Matthew Griffiths, previously of Northampton, forced the door of an office inside the hospital and stole phones and laptops from within.

He was arrested a short time later and soon charged with burglary.

Due to the weight of the evidence presented, he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and at Northampton Crown Court on December 22, 2021, was handed a one year and eight month prison sentence.

Lead Investigator, PC Mark Edkins, said: “I am pleased to see the robust sentence handed out to Griffiths who stole equipment belonging to the NHS at a time when they need it the most.

“He should be thoroughly ashamed of his actions given the circumstances and he now has time, and the four walls of a prison cell, to reflect on his choices.

“I hope this case shows the seriousness with which we take crimes of this nature and my message to offenders is simple – if you are intent on burgling, then the Burglary Team will be coming after you.”