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On the run addict jailed.

A CRACK cocaine addict who went on a burglary spree after escaping from prison has been jailed for another five and a half years.

Matthew Brown was serving a seven year sentence for burglary when he walked out of Hewell Grange Open Prison and, in just six weeks on the run, raided 29 homes, Wolverhampton crown Court heard.

The 30-year-old decided to make his escape after losing four teeth in an attack by another prisoner, said Simon Phillips, defending.

He said Brown was under pressure to clear a pounds 7,000 drug debt and threats had been made to his family to petrol bomb their home.

Brown, of Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton, admitted escaping from custody, five burglaries and an attempted burglary.

He asked for 29 other offences to be taken into consideration including 24 burglaries and four more attempted burglaries.

Recorder Anwar Nawaz told him he had committed a "significant" number of offences.
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