Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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Cumbrian chip shop burglar snared by sausage

Police investigating a burglary at a chip shop found a half-eaten sausage.

Jars of pickled onions and eggs had also been opened after Graham Parker targeted The Little Chippy in Penrith – and a pair of socks was left on the serving counter.

Money went missing from a charity collection box and food was scattered across the floor at the business in Corn Market, a court heard.

Parker, 51, a serial burglar, “appeared to be drunk” when arrested after being spotted at the scene of the crime. He appeared before Carlisle Crown Court to be sentenced for his 41st conviction for burglary.

Parker, of no fixed abode, was also sentenced for breaching an antisocial behaviour order and for violent behaviour in a police station after “squaring up” to officers following arrest.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, said at 4.45am on June 10 a rubbish collector who picked up refuse from the shop went into the business.

“His suspicions were raised by a plastic lighter and a pair of socks left on the serving counter,” Mr Rogerson told the court.

“He could see a man standing by the fridge. He appeared to be moving items about within the fridge.”

The man alerted police and Parker was arrested. Discovered along with the food scattered on the floor was a pair of trousers and a can of lager.

The court heard CCTV footage showed Parker entering from the back of the shop at 2.20am.

Mr Rogerson said Parker was subject to an antisocial behaviour order containing a clause he should not be drunk in public.

In police interview Parker admitted the burglary.

He said he had travelled to Penrith and his intention was to go to the doctor. But he got drunk and began to wander the streets.

He had a vague recollection of having food inside the chip shop.

Parker’s defence barrister, Lisi Ke, said the crimes were “committed under the influence of alcohol”.

“He can’t stop when he starts drinking,” she added.

Parker pleaded guilty to burglary, breaching an antisocial behaviour order and violent behaviour in a police station.

The judge, Recorder John Corless, described his record as “truly terrible”.

Parker was jailed for 17 weeks in total, consisting of 12 weeks for the burglary, four for the order breach and one week for the violent behaviour.


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