A career burglar narrowly avoided being sent back to prison after he wrote a judge a heartfelt letter pleading with him for a second chance.

Jody Keating, 47, has 49 convictions for 211 offences on his record, most of them for burglaries and theft.

He was back in court to be sentenced for a string of burglaries in Brighton and Eastbourne – and then trying to sell a tattoo gun he stole on Gumtree.

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