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Harlow teenager detained for more than six years

An Essex teenager's been detained for six and a half years for his part in a number of smash and grab raids across the south of England.

19 year old Tommy Lee Mitchell of Fern Hill Lane in Harlow, Essex admitted two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and one of conspiring to steal a motor vehicle.

Nine men, several of whom are from the same family, stole vehicles with a combined value of about £400,000 to use as getaway cars.

During one attempted raid, the gang drove at 100mph through the Dartford Tunnel while throwing fire extinguishers at a police officer to deter pursuit.

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