Child raid menace on the wanted list

Liam Clegg

Liam Clegg

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A PROLIFIC burglar behind more than 100 raids is back on the wanted list just months after being freed from prison.

Liam Clegg was released from HMP Preston in July after serving half of his 34 month sentence after he admitted 140 thefts, burglaries and criminal damage.

But the 22-year-old has now breached the terms of his licence – and officers want to track him down and send him back to prison.

Det Insp Rebecca Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: “We believe he is likely to still be in the Blackpool or Fylde area and I would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings of Liam Clegg to the police.

“As a force we have a high success rate of returning people to prison and use all methods to catch these people and to return them to serve the remainder of their sentence.”

Clegg, formally of Eaves Street, in Blackpool, was jailed in March 2011.

At the time, The Gazette described how Clegg himself had been a victim of crime as an eight-year-old when thieves pinched his bike.

But over the following decade Clegg spiralled into a life of crime.

The former pupil at Heyhouses Primary School, in St Annes, was taught to steal by his own father, who used to take Clegg on burglaries as he could fit through small windows, and his six-year crime wave netted him almost £20,000 in stolen goods and left a trail of victims across the Fylde coast.

Clegg is described as 5ft 9ins tall, and of slim build with brown eyes and short light brown hair.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Clegg should call Lancashire Police on 101.

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