Judge upholds jail sentence

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A CAREER criminal caught in an undercover police crackdown on a ring of Doncaster thieves had his sentence challenge turned down by top judges today.

Martin James Foley, aged 54, of Rockcliffe Avenue, Balby, was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court in April.

He had pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods.

Judge Elgan Edwards, sitting with Mr Justice Walker in London’s Appeal Court, told the hearing Foley was snared by detectives “targeting thieves in the Doncaster area”.

Two officers visited a pub in the town posing as punters interested in buying goods, said the judge.

He said a man had pointed out Foley to them and introduced him as a professional thief.

Foley later offered to them a stolen horse box, valued at £450.

He also offered them a stolen caravan for £1,800.

“His list of previous convictions is quite dreadful”, said Judge Edwards, in his verdict.

He added: “The facts of the case show him to be a professional criminal”.

Dismissing Foley’s sentence challenge, the judge concluded: “We see no merit in the appeal, we don’t consider that the sentence in this case was manifestly excessive.”