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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Jewels thief jailed by Carlisle court

A young man has been jailed after stealing more than £1,000 of jewellery.

Whitehaven man Billy Blacklock had introduced himself as a new neighbour to Kelly Williamson as she was moving into her new home.

After drinking beer in the property with her on June 7 he and a friend opened a previously-locked window when she was not looking.

After the woman took a taxi into town, the pair swiped £1,200 of jewellery which she had just inherited.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Blacklock, 18, of Windermere Road, had acted as a lookout for a friend who had gone into the property.

Dan Farley, prosecuting, said the crime had taken place in a property on Fell View, Whitehaven.

Ms Williamson was moving in and had offered a crate of beer to friends and family who helped her.

“She was upstairs and came down to find the defendant and another person sat in the lounge and they introduced themselves as the new neighbours.”

However, Mr Farley pointed out that Blacklock did not actually live near the house.

He described the day of moving as “a party” and said Blacklock and the other male had stayed and enjoyed the occasion.

Ms Williamson had booked a taxi to go into town and had locked a window before going out.

At some point, Blacklock or the other male had seen this and then opened it.

Later in the evening they had used it to gain entry to the property.

Mark Shepherd, defending, said Blacklock, who had previously pleaded guilty to a burglary charge, has a history of using drink and drugs and had been through many family problems.

He urged Judge Barbara Forrester, presiding, to consider a community-based sentence.

He said: “It would keep him away from destructive peers and keep him away from consuming drugs and alcohol.”

He added that Blacklock, who has convictions going back to 2011, was undertaking a plastering course to “better himself”.

However, Judge Forrester rejected this request and pointed out Blacklock had not complied with similar orders in the past.

She said: “I can have absolutely no confidence you would comply with anything, I would just be lining you up to resume offending and come back to court for something more serious.”

She sentenced him to 16 months in a young offenders’ institution.

Blacklock was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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