Hotel theft culprit had lost his job

Carlton Hotel, Abingdon Street, Blackpool

Carlton Hotel, Abingdon Street, Blackpool

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A MAN burgled his former boss’s hotel after losing his job.

Daniel Brierley and another man stole a computer, a bottle of Jack Daniels and a bottle of champagne.

A court heard how he was framed on the CCTV system of a nearby property.

Brierley had been employed by the owner of the Carlton Hotel (right), on Abingdon Street, Blackpool, up until a day or two earlier.

He had also been a resident there.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary and was yesterday given 12 months’ prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months supervision and an order to do forty hours unpaid work.

A judge also placed him on a two month curfew from 10pm to 6am each night.

David Clarke, prosecuting, said the hotel owner was out at the time of the offence last July.

They returned home to find a gate in the rear alley had been forced open and there were footprints on the kitchen floor.

A computer worth £60, plus two bottles of alcohol valued at £35 has been taken.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Brierley, of Tulketh Mews, Southport, had an unenviable record for a young man of his age.

At the age of 15 he had moved to Blackpool on his own and later got in with the wrong crowd, drinking and taking recreational drugs.

Miss Taylor said “He has voluntarily been going to alcohol services.

“He does need help. I am asking the court for one last chance for him to prove himself and show he can get back on the straight and narrow”.

The judge passing sentence told Brierley the burglary had been motivated by a desire to get back at his former employer.