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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbrian central heating thief sent to prison

A man who ripped the central heating system out of the house next door to his own has been sent to prison for 29 months.

Dale Whitehurst, 33, broke into the house in Finn Avenue, off Wigton Road, Carlisle, and, in the words of a judge at the city’s Crown Court, “cannibalised the copper pipes” so he could sell them for scrap.

Whitehurst, who had several previous convictions for burglary, later told police he had been “desperate for cash” – though his girlfriend told them he had spent the money on a holiday in Blackpool. Whitehurst pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

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