Blackpool burglar facing jail for his crimes

A burglar stole more than £1,000 of property and caused £3,500 of damage when he broke into a Blackpool watersports club.

Monday, 4th July 2016, 5:15 pm
Updated Monday, 4th July 2016, 6:22 pm
Preston Crown Court

Gavin Mills also frightened a woman when he tried to burgle her home on Seafield Road, North Shore.

Mills, 38, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to an offence of burglary and a charge of attempted burglary.

The court was told he stole £1,117 of property including bottles of spirits, CCTV equipment and cash from Blackpool Light Craft Club, New South Promenade, between May 10 and 11.

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The club offers water sports including sailing, fishing, jet skiing and kite surfing.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Mills was apprehended after his DNA was found on a bottle of cider at the club.

Mills had caused £3,500 of damage when he broke into the club and the locks had to be changed.

On July 3, in the early hours, a woman had fallen asleep in the lounge at her home on Seafield Road.

She was woken by a noise and alerted police. Officers found Mills trying to get out from the rear of the property after trying to force open a window.

Mills had previously been jailed for an offence of burglary.

Steven Townley, defending, did not ask for bail on his client’s behalf and told magistrates: “He accepts receiving a custodial sentence is highly likely.”

Mills was committed in custody for sentence on August 3 at Preston Crown Court, by Blackpool magistrates.