A prolific thief who raided a house in what a barrister suggested was “just about the worst street in Padiham,” has been jailed for a year.
Darren Rushton (36) had struck at a house under renovation in Ingham Street, stealing a £270 haul, including lino worth £120. Others were said to have been in the property as well, Burnley Crown Court was told.
I think Ingham Street is just about the worst street in PadihamBarrister
Rushton, who had been living on the street on the time, had originally been given a 15-month suspended jail term for the attack on the property, but breached the order by missing appointments with the probation service. On Wednesday, he was went to prison for 12 months after admitting failing to comply with the order.
The defendant has a record of going on for 100 offences – which once promoted a Burnley magistrate to comment it was “fast gathering pace like the Encyclopedia Britannica”. Rushton had been caught trying to strip lead off the roof of the derelict former Padiham Primary School, in the early hours in July 2013. Police had found him on the roof of the premises in Burnley Road.
Rushton, who had pleaded guilty to attempted theft, was said at that hearing to have 82 offences on his record, including for burglary and theft.
Mark Stuart (defending), at the crown court, told the hearing: “I think Ingham Street is just about the worst street in Padiham.” He said the properties were mostly rented and people were in a similar position.
Mr Stuart said Rushton’s record wasn’t that of a house burglar. He continued: “It’s of a shoplifter and it’s mainly shoplifting, lots of breaches, one attempted burglary in a house and two or three burglaries of non-dwellings.”
The barrister added the defendant did make some efforts with the suspended sentence order and was effectively complying for the first month or so. Mr Stuart added: “The reason why it failed wasn’t wholly his fault. The accommodation he was expecting to go back to had the locks changed and he has been homeless, searching around for accommodation.”
Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Rushton: “It’s the sort of case where had you had a stable home address and had you been able and prepared to comply, I might have given you a further chance, but it’s plainly not going to work at all.” The judge added: “It’s not wholly your fault the order has failed.”