Double trouble

Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre.
Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre.
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A burglar who struck twice within 24 hours at the same Blackpool bungalow has been jailed for more than two years.

Brian Parkewas involved in an initial break-in at the address on Back Henry Street, where a padlock was forced and the home ransacked, with electrical items stolen.

The victim was so upset by what happened that he went to sleep elsewhere that night – only to return and realise he had been burgled again 

Preston Crown Court heard that, as well as belongings being stolen, the TV was smashed, holes made in plaster board walls and tins of soup and porridge oats opened and thrown all over the kitchen.

Parke, 21, of Rawcliffe Street, Blackpool, was jailed for 27 months, having earlier admitted two charges of burglary.

He admitted failing to 
answer his bail on an earlier date and was given five days on top for that.

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said the man living at the bungalow had gone out for the day.

He returned that night, on December 13, to find that 
entry had been forced and various rooms ransacked, with belongings thrown on the floor.

An Xbox, two DVD players, Freeview box and other things worth £236 in all had been taken.

The victim was too upset to stay at home that night. When he returned the next morning, it was discovered that a second burglary had taken place, with a radio cassette player and 200 DVDs having been taken.

Fingerprints found in the home were linked to Parke.

Police recovered stolen items when they went to his home in February.

In interview he seemed to suggest that he had not been responsible for the first burglary and that the home was 
already insecure when he went in, added Mr Cummings.

Ciarin Rankin, defending, said Parke was remorseful for what he had done.

“These are nasty, mean 
offences, but I submit that perhaps a more positive way of dealing with him would be for the court to draw back from passing an immediate prison sentence.

“The court could make a suspended sentence order”.

Judge Jacqueline Beech told Parke as she handed down the jail term: “Only an immediate term of imprisonment is justified for these mean