Career crook jailed after Burnley bungalow raid

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A career crook who was raiding a company director’s Burnley home when the victim returned, is back behind bars, this time for 29 months.

Burnley Crown Court was told how drug addict Andrew Purvis (34) was loading up a bag with his haul when Stephen Ashworth (65) arrived back at his secluded bungalow in Rosehill on April 8th.

You had only been out of custody about five weeks. The record you have is appalling. You have had pretty much every sentence going. All that’s left is to protect the public from you

Judge

Mr Ashworth saw Purvis putting a speaker in a bag, already containing a laptop, in his utility room.

There was no confrontation, but the pair made direct eye contact, at which point Purvis swore, smashed his way out of the bungalow, and fled. Police later found fingerprints at the point of entry into the property and on the bag, which turned out to be the defendant’s.

He had only been out of jail for five weeks at the time.

The defendant, who has around 80 offences on his record, hit the headlines in 2001, when he sneaked into the private chambers of Burnley’s top judge Raymond Bennett, and stole his £2,000 laptop at the town’s crown court.

Purvis, of Westgate, Burnley, admitted burglary,

Richard Taylor (defending Purvis) told the hearing: “He was introduced to drugs through the family, very sadly, at the age of 16.

“His mother was a heroin addict, who died of an overdose when he was only 18. By that time, he had an entrenched habit.”

The solicitor said when the defendant was released from his last sentence, he did not take drugs or methadone and it may be he had come off drugs too soon. He came out of custody, relapsed and committed the burglary.

The judge told him: “You had only been out of custody about five weeks. The record you have is appalling. You have had pretty much every sentence going. All that’s left is to protect the public from you.”