Fingerprint put Bacup burglar in prison

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A DRUG addict who helped a house raider, who ransacked a man’s home and stole a £3,470 haul, has been jailed for two years.

Burnley Crown Court was told how Stuart Thompson, 41, did not go in the property, in Bankside Lane, Bacup.

The victim, whose camper van was also taken, was very distressed to find his house turned upside down after the break-in last November 11.

Thompson was now said to have been working with Inspire to try and beat his drugs habit and stop offending.

The defendant, of Tong Lane, Bacup, admitted burglary.

Silvia Dacre, prosecuting, told the court the victim went away on November 9.

His mobile phone had an alert when his alarm sounded and he got a call in the early hours. Later that morning, he asked his neighbour to check his home and he found the property had been burgled.

All the drawers in the house had been opened and belongings were thrown on the floor in every room.

Miss Dacre said a fingerprint was found outside the point of entry and it belonged to Thompson.

Simon Gurney, defending, said Thompson had been working with Inspire to try and stop him committing offences due to his reliance on heroin.

Judge Beverley Lunt told Thompson he had a bad record ,and he had agreed to help in the commission of the burglary.

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