County news: Gang member caught after going on the run

William Westein
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A member of a gang in Sussex who went on the run weeks after being sentenced has now been caught and jailed.

William Westein, of Blackman Street, Brighton, who was wanted for recall to prison, was arrested in Peacehaven yesterday evening (Sunday, December 27).

Westein was a member of the Whitehawk gang which burgled homes and stole cars.

The 19-year-old was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on December 11, after being convicted of conspiracy to convert criminal property.

He was released on prison licence, subject to probation service supervision, on the same day as he had already been in prison for nine months whilst awaiting trial and then sentence.

He was therefore to serve the remaining nine months of his sentence on licence.

However, since his release he failed to comply with the terms of his prison licence, which was revoked as a result and at the request of the probation service he has been recalled to prison.

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