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Prime suspect Boris Johnson lookalike burglar is banged up for 10 months for café cash robbery

Watson and his 'spice addict' accomplice had amassed a total of 44 burglaries between them with Watson racking up what was described as an 'appalling' 210 convictions for previous offences

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Watson had been dependent on drugs for the vast majority of his adult life

Watson had been dependent on drugs for the vast majority of his adult life

Watson had been dependent on drugs for the vast majority of his adult life

A Boris Johnson lookalike burglar has been banged up for 10 months after he robbed £1,280 (€1,500) from a cafe in the UK.

A court heard that mop-haired Jason Watson (43) and his spice addict accomplice Adrian Awty (45) had both gone to the House of Panini cafe, in Prospect Street in Hull, where they started looking behind the till.

Both went into a private area and then ran out, with Watson hiding something down his trousers. A staff member later noticed that her handbag was missing.

It contained £1,280 cash in that the owners had given her to help run the premises while they were away.

They also made off with keys, bank cards and a pair of Vivienne Westwood earrings after the raid on September 28, however, they were later identified.

Both were later arrested although Watson tried to barricade himself into his room when police arrived.

The pair had amassed a total of 44 burglaries between them with Watson racking up what was described as an “appalling” 210 convictions for previous offences, including 125 for theft or similar matters and 23 for burglary.

He had been jailed for four years on January 10 last year for burglary but was released on September 3 this year.

Awty had convictions for 96 previous offences, including 52 theft-linked matters and 21 for burglary.

He had been jailed for three years and four months in October 2019 for burglary.

Julia Baggs, mitigating, said that Watson had been dependent on drugs for the vast majority of his adult life.

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He had managed to rid himself of drugs during his most recent prison sentence, but after his release he soon found himself on the streets.

“He quickly, sadly, fell off the wagon and made some backwards steps,” Miss Baggs said.

“This offending was clearly impulsive. He wants to work when he comes out in the community.”

Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, representing Awty, said the offence was opportunistic and although there was no excuse for the defendant's behaviour, “he was under the influence of drugs at the time”.

“He has had a long-standing history of drug addiction,” she added as it emerged that Awty was unlikely to be released from prison until May 2022.

Recorder Megan Rhys told the pair they both had “appalling records” and that unless they changed their behaviour, they would spend most of the rest of their life in prison.

“This offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified," said Rhys.

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