Drunken East Lancs would-be burglar fell down steps

Drunken East Lancs would-be burglar fell down steps

Drunken East Lancs would-be burglar fell down steps

First published in News

A PROLIFIC crook who tried to raid a house in the early hours fell down the steps trying to escape, a court heard.

Burnley Crown Court was told how drunken Steven Lumb, 56, who has been breaking the law for more than 40 years, was seen lying in the garden. He got up, climbed over a fence and made off.

Lumb of Church Street, Stacksteads — who has 162 offences to his name — admitted attempted burglary at a house on Huttock End Lane, also in Stacksteads, on November 28 last year.

He was given 12 months in prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months supervision.

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said the 63-year-old victim was renovating his house. He was awoken at 4am by the sound of clanging steel outside and found the front living room window had been smashed.

The victim went outside and saw someone walking away from his front garden. He tried to follow Lumb, but lost sight of him. The defendant was picked out on a video identity parade.

Keith Harrison, defending, said Lumb accepted he had a lamentable record and said: “He apologises for the burglary. It’s part and parcel of a chaotic lifestyle with his afflictions.”

Sentencing, Recorder Andrew Long said: “With considerable hesitation, I find myself persuaded to give you another chance.

“Clearly, you need help addressing your drug and alcohol problems. I want to give you that help.

“This is an opportunity. It’s probably your last. I urge you to take it.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

HarryBosch says...

Clearly, you need help addressing your drug and alcohol problems. I want to give you that help.

Yeah, a bit of lead in his left ear!
Clearly, you need help addressing your drug and alcohol problems. I want to give you that help. Yeah, a bit of lead in his left ear! HarryBosch
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Thu 13 Mar 14

AndyD123 says...

Giving someone a last chance is all well and good .... but this guy has 162 prior offences under his belt. Why put the public at risk by giving him the chance to make it 163. He will offend again.
Giving someone a last chance is all well and good .... but this guy has 162 prior offences under his belt. Why put the public at risk by giving him the chance to make it 163. He will offend again. AndyD123
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Breaking the law for over40 years. I don't think anybody would disagree that he simply will never be rehabilitated. He will be a drain on society, benefits, prison service etc etc and will undoubtedly go on to cause nothing but misery to decent people until his dying day.

With such an inability to contribute anything positive whatsoever to the world I challenge anybody to put forward a reasonable argument to keep this subhuman waste of skin alive. (other than the obvious of capital punishment being abolished etc)
Breaking the law for over40 years. I don't think anybody would disagree that he simply will never be rehabilitated. He will be a drain on society, benefits, prison service etc etc and will undoubtedly go on to cause nothing but misery to decent people until his dying day. With such an inability to contribute anything positive whatsoever to the world I challenge anybody to put forward a reasonable argument to keep this subhuman waste of skin alive. (other than the obvious of capital punishment being abolished etc) Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

6:14am Fri 14 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

Come on, this is Bacup. What do you expect?
The whole town exists on booze and burglary.
Yet our wonderful council pretends eveything is great.
They should get out of Futures Park and walk round Stacksteads.
Come on, this is Bacup. What do you expect? The whole town exists on booze and burglary. Yet our wonderful council pretends eveything is great. They should get out of Futures Park and walk round Stacksteads. Loving lances
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree