Gallery of rogues behind bars

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THESE are the faces of 12 rogues who will not be enjoying their Christmas turkey this year.

Blackpool police have revealed details of a dozen of the area’s most prolific burglars – and warned other criminals there is still time to have them locked up for Christmas.

The hardened criminals caught by the resort’s burglary and robbery team include 25-year-old Ryan Barber, who is spending the next three years behind bars after dragging an elderly woman to the floor to steal her handbag on Blackpool’s Raikes Parade.

Another crook is Jacob Williamson, 20, of Singleton Avenue, St Annes, who carried out a string of street robberies and firearms offences and has now been locked up for eight years.

And David Brewer, 31, of Croasdale Walk, Grange Park, is serving an eight month sentence after burgling the cancer ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Sgt Steve Hallam, from Blackpool Police, said: “When someone becomes a victim of crime it can have a lasting effect on them. We are dedicated to finding offenders responsible for burglaries and robberies and putting them before the courts.”

Among the burglars who targeted homes across the Fylde coast is Colin Chapman, of Stansfield Street, Blackpool, who was sentenced to 12 years for an aggravated burglary which he committed while carrying a shotgun.

Grant Tuckley, 20, of no fixed address, had to ask for 14 other burglaries to be taken into consideration when he was jailed for two years for two burglaries in St Annes, while Mark Williams, 44, of Haig Road, South Shore, is serving three years for burgling three homes in the Bloomfield area.

Dean Hirst, 25, of Norbreck Road, Norbreck, is also behind bars for three years for a series of break-ins in the town and Stephen Ashurst, of Beech Avenue, Lowton, is serving four years after travelling to St Annes to commit burglaries.

Philip McKenna, 36, of Windsor Avenue, South Shore, is serving 985 days for eight burglaries in South Shore, and 43-year-old Craig Carter, of Central Drive, Blackpool, is spending three and a half years in jail for a burglary on his own street.

Alan Smith, 36, of Sherbourne Road, Blackpool, was jailed for 16 months for a burglary in Stanley Park and 20-year-old David Everton, of Palatine Road, Cleveleys, is serving 20 months for a burglary on Birchway, Blackpool.

Sgt Hallam added: “As the sentences of these men show, there are serious consequences for those who commit crime, not least of which is losing your freedom.”

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