‘You’re a menace’ judge tells teen

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A teenage burglar who travelled to Blackpool and struck at a family hotel has been labelled a “menace” by a judge.

Nathan Howard, 18, stole car keys from the Hornby Road address.

He was later in a Peugeot 206 car, taken from outside, which crashed through a garden fence the next day.

A judge gave him a 12-month term and told him: “In my judgment, you are a menace both to home owners and road users alike”.

However, his sentence will only begin once he has served a 16-month term he is currently doing.

Howard, of Dobsons Way, St Helens had admitted offences of burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and not having insurance.

The burglary was carried out in the early hours of July 3 this year.

Keys, car keys and the Peugeot parked outside were all taken.

The following evening Merseyside Police found the car in the front garden of an address on Derbyshire Road, St Helens. The vehicle had crashed through a fence.

As police approached, six to eight people were seen running away. Three females were detained.

A 14-year-old boy went on to be charged with burglary.

Howard was arrested on July 8. His fingerprints were found on the interior and exterior of a window, at the point of entry of the burgled hotel.

The victim went on to change the hotel locks, at a cost of a thousand pounds and had to renew insurance.

The court heard that just four days after the Blackpool offences, Howard had committed similar crimes, for which he got 16 months detention at Liverpool Crown Court last month.

Peter Horgan, defending, said of the Blackpool burglary: “It was a sneak in theft of car keys. There was no damage to the property.

“He recognises when he has done wrong and pleads guilty at the first possible opportunity.

“The defendant is starting to develop and show a degree of maturity. He has done a victim awareness course.

“He wants to try and make something of his life.”

The judge, Recorder Abigail Hudson, told Howard his offences would have had a profound effect on his victims, with a loss of feeling safe and secure in their own home.

She added: “You appear to me to be a determined burglar. You know exactly what you are doing and your offending is professional and for commercial reasons.

“In my judgment you are a menace both to home owners and road users alike.”