Raider brought misery to his resort victims

Alan Smith has been jailed for more than five years
Alan Smith has been jailed for more than five years
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A burglar who brought “misery” to residents across Blackpool has been put behind bars for more than five years.

Serial thief Alan Smith, 37, of Chatsworth Avenue, Bispham, was sentenced after he was convicted of burglary, theft and a number of other offences.

He was found guilty of one count of burglary at a home, one of burglary at a college building, a charge of shoplifting, one charge of having a knife in public and two counts of assaulting a police officer at an earlier hearing.

Preston Crown Court heard three separate offences took place in September.

Smith got into property which is part of Blackpool and The Fylde College on Palatine Road, stealing another laptop and a digital camera.

He also entered a shop on Topping Street, Blackpool, again stealing a laptop.

While then being arrested Smith assaulted two Special Constables, the court was told.

On September 19 Smith was found to have two kitchen knives in his possession at a dental practice on Alfred Street, Blackpool.

A fourth offence took place on November 12 when Smith got into a home on Heddon Road, Blackpool, stealing a laptop, games consoles, other electrical equipment, clothing, a handbag, a sports bag, and alcohol.

The thief was jailed for a total of five years, eight months and one week.

Det Sgt Steven Hallam, of Blackpool CID, said: “Smith is a prolific offender in the area who has caused misery to residents across Blackpool.

“We strongly believe he is committing offences to fund a drug addiction he cannot kick, and so, we welcome the court’s decision to imprison him today as he would continue to offend otherwise.”

The sentencing comes as Lancashire Police come towards the end of Operation Julius, a campaign to target criminals and detect burglaries across the county.

It has run since October, and has seen officers using a range of tactics, including going undercover.

It has also included visits to Lancashire’s top 30 burglary suspects, executing warrants and high-visibility patrols.

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