Judge warns ‘You’ll have to get a grip’

Ian Dudman
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A MAN unable to cope with life outside prison walls carried out a handful of burglaries and other crimes in quick succession.

Ian Dudman was caught red handed while raiding Lytham Cricket Club.

Following his arrest he went on to admit a series of crimes.

Dudman, 35, of no fixed address, admitted burgling the club last month when he appeared before Preston Crown Court.

He asked for six other offences – three of them also burglaries of commercial premises – to be considered.

Nicholas Clarke, prosecuting, said a police officer went to the cricket club just after 4am on March 17 after an alarm went off.

It went on to be discovered an alarm had been removed and wires cut.

While waiting for further patrols to arrive, the officer heard banging noises coming from inside the premises.

Dudman was found in the function room, kneeling down with his hands on his head.

He was handcuffed and arrested.

When Dudman was told he was being arrested on suspicion of burglary he replied: “It’s a bit more than suspicion.”

The prosecution said, in interview, Dudman made a full admission about the burglary and other offences.

These included a burglary at a florist’s shop where a computer, cash and mini music system were stolen, also a burglary at Fairhaven Golf Club where he left empty handed, plus a burglary at Fylde Rugby Club where he stole cash from vending machines.

Mr Clarke added: “An officer says that but for the defendant’s admissions, offences may never have been detected.

“The police officer asks the court to give the defendant credit for his co-operation.

“The officer views his admissions as a genuine act of remorse”.

Dudman had previous convictions for burgling homes and non-dwellings on his record.

Andrew Ford, defending, said Dudman had been released from prison on March 9. The present offences covered a period from March 9 to 17.

He added: “He can’t really cope on the outside. He has no family and no structure.

“He was let out with £54 and nothing else.

“He really does have to learn to get by.

“The Revolution project in Blackpool offer bed and breakfast to people like him.

“It would give him a chance to try to get by”.

Judge, Recorder Howard Bentham, gave Dudman an 18-month jail term.

He told him: “I can’t do anything else with you other than send you to prison.

“You can’t get out of prison and commit seven offences and then come crying, saying you didn’t know what you were doing. You have to get a grip of yourself.”