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Knife-threat Pendle crook is jailed
A PROLIFIC crook spared jail after being foiled by vigilant Colne binmen has now been locked up for the offences.
Drug addict Robert Norris, 32, had been confronted by the cardboard collection crew as he tried to make off with the proceeds of a house raid in the town.
He was said to have threatened one of the refuse collectors with a lock knife. In May, Norris who has more than 100 offences on his record, was given a community order, an eight-week cur-few between 8pm and 7am and a 12-month drug programme.
He had admitted handling stolen goods and having a bladed instrument over the incident on February 28.
But, Burnley Crown Court heard on Monday, he had repeatedly flouted the order. He was sent to prison for 30 weeks. The homeless defendant, formerly of Brentwood Road, Nelson, admitted breaching the order by failing to report for drugs tests, not abiding by the curfew and not keeping in touch with probation.
He was already in custody, after being handed a 12-week sentence by Burnley magistrates on August 9 for theft, interfering with a vehicle and possessing drugs.
The Crown Court had earlier been told how the binmen spotted Norris in a back street with the haul of DVDs and computer games and blocked his escape.
Norris then produced a lock knife and told a binman he would stab him if he went near. Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt said the the most serious offence was carrying the lock knife.
She told Norris: “You just don't. Never, ever. It's a dangerous article.”