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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Burglar jailed after twice breaking into Carlisle golf club

A man who broke into Carlisle's Stonyholme golf club twice on the same night has been sent to prison for 18 months.

Derek Duncan, 42, had wrongly been told by a friend that the clubhouse's burglar alarms were not working.

So on the night of Sunday February 23 he broke in but left when he discovered an alarm in the adjoining restaurant was working.

Ninety minutes later he tried again and managed to steal nearly £90 in coins from a gaming machine before police arrived, having been alerted by another alarm.

Duncan, of Durranhill Road, Carlisle, was found on the premises, with two claw hammers which he had used to get in.

The prolific criminal, who had what Judge Paul Batty QC described as an “appalling” record of 38 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Duncan was jailed for a total of 18 months - eight months for the burglary, and also ordered to serve 10 months of a sentence for the attempted burglary of a house, which had previously been suspended.

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