Burnley career thief behind bars

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A career thief who clocked up almost 300 offences is behind bars for 16 weeks after his most recent shoplifting spree in Burnley.

Ex-heroin addict Roy Taylor (51) went out stealing four times, flouting bail, because he claimed he had a previous drugs debt with a loan shark. He took clothes, detergent, books and cheese, the town’s magistrates’ court was told.

Taylor’s long record includes about 160 convictions for theft and magistrates have in the past described him as a “professional, serial offender” and a nuisance.

The defendant, of Herbert Street, Burnley, admitted four theft charges on May 10th, 15th and 20th - four bottles of Fairy detergent from Spar, books worth £4 from The Works, clothes to the value of £15.96 from Kids Connection, £20 worth of cheese from Marks and Spencer and two allegations of breaching bail.

He was ordered to pay a £150 criminal court charge and an £80 victim surcharge by a deputy district judge. She said Taylor had a prolific record and had not complied with suspended sentences.

Nick Cassidy (defending) said Taylor had been addicted to heroin and the vast majority of his convictions were to feed his habit.