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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Carlisle burglar jailed 'to give people of Cumbria respite'

A burglar has been jailed “to give the good people of Cumbria a break”.

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Patrick Young

Patrick Young, 25, of Windermere Road, off Wigton Road, Carlisle, was found guilty of burglary and theft by a jury at the city’s crown court.

On February 23, Young and another man travelled from the city to Silloth. They used a breeze block to break into a garage and then stole around £1,000 worth of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Young had been wearing a mask while carrying out the crime and was filmed by CCTV cameras.

Young told the jury that on the day of the crime he had been in bed after celebrating a birth in his family.

However, the panel of six men and six women rejected this account and found him guilty after three hours and 38 minutes of discussion.

Judge Paul Batty QC, presiding, sentenced Young immediately.

He pointed out that Young had 24 previous convictions, including a period in prison for burglary.

“For one so young, you have a formidable criminal record,” he said.

“Having smashed your way in [to the garage] you helped yourself to tobacco, cigarettes and also anything else that you could carry.”

He added: “The time has come when a significant sentence of custody has to be imposed, if for nothing else than to give the good people of Cumbria a respite from your activity.”

Judge Batty sentenced Young to 40 months’ imprisonment.

He also made him subject of an anti-social behaviour order upon his release, banning him from any vehicle other than emergency service or public transport late at night and in the early hours of the morning. This was because he had travelled from Carlisle to Silloth to carry out his crime.

He was also banned from being in a motor vehicle with people associated with his crimes.

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