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Burglar sentenced for breaking into disabled woman’s Workington flat

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] BURGLAR who broke into a disabled woman’s Workington home and snatched her possessions has been spared immediate prison.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 26-year-old Faye Wardle committed an “impulsive walk-in” crime having sneaked into the flat while “intoxicated” on June 15.

She did so as the occupant – left tetraplegic following a double neck fracture – was watching television.

The victim later told police she felt her domestic security had been “taken away” by the incident. The stolen items, including clothing and shopping someone had got for her, were returned.

Wardle, who was photographed by a neighbour entering the flat, pleaded guilty to burglary.

She had since shown “genuine remorse”, was seeking to build bridges with estranged parents and had made good progress during a recent spell in prison.

Recorder David Potter suspended a nine-month jail sentence for 18 months. He also ordered Wardle, of Mitchell Avenue, Northside, Workington, to complete a rehabilitation requirement.

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