Broken hand after fight with burglar

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A man suffered a broken hand in a violent struggle with a burglar he caught red-handed stealing from his home.

Alan Smith woke the couple whose home he was raiding by shining a torch as he crept about the address and was then confronted by the man of the house.

Smith, 37, of Chatsworth Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to burgling a property on Blackpool’s Haddon Road.

He was remanded in custody to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on December 12 by Blackpool magistrates.

John Abbott, prosecuting, said a couple were asleep in their home when they were woken by the light of a torch being shone around on November 12 about 11.50pm.

The man got up to investigate and found items such as a laptop computer, games players, perfume and a handbag piled up waiting to be taken away.

Smith was outside in the alley with the man’s mountain bike.

Mr Abbott said: “There was a physical altercation between them and the man got a broken right hand.”

Police caught Smith as he ran away. He said he had been drinking and had lost his medication.

Brett Chappell, defending, told magistrates his client said the burglary had been a random act of stupidity. Smith did not ask for bail.

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