Pensioner disturbed late night burglar

Paul Wolfe

Paul Wolfe

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A PENSIONER who got up in the night ended up confronting a teenage burglar in his lounge.

Preston Crown Court heard how Paul Wolfe was arrested at the scene because a 70-year-old neighbour had alerted the police on hearing suspicious noises in the early hours.

Wolfe committed the crime within days of being placed on a community order.

The 18-year-old, of Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, had earlier admitted the burglary on August 6 at an address in Ellisland, Marton.

Hilary Banks, prosecuting, said the 69-year-old man was asleep in bed when he was disturbed at about 2.30am. He saw lights outside his window.

Wolfe confessed to the police when interviewed.

He explained he needed money and had gone through back gardens, looking for opportunities.

The court heard he had two previous convictions for burgling homes.

Sentencing Wolfe to 18 months’ detention, Judge Christopher Cornwall told him: “I genuinely believe that if released from custody, it would only be a matter of a relatively short space of time before you re-offend again.