Burglar in crime spree

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN has admitted going on a burglary spree in Blackpool.

Darren Houston, 26, committed the offences after two years of personal disasters, Blackpool Magistrates Court heard.

He admitted four burglaries and three bail act offences and was remanded in custody so pre-sentence reports can be prepared on him.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said the first offence involved the Little Amsterdam shop on Springfield Road where stock of £300 was stolen and £250 of damage carried out.

The second charge involved a clothing shop on Alfred Street. Houston was seen carrying the stolen items down the street by a police officer who gave chase and arrested him.

The third offence was carried out at the Gecko print shop where the front door was forced and £1,600 of cash and electrical items stolen.

The fourth burglary took place at a newsagents on Church Street.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Houston started offending after his mother died, his best friend was murdered and his brother-in-law committed suicide.

She told the court:”All this happened in a two-year period after my client arrived in Blackpool to try for a fresh start.”

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