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Burglar jailed for breaking into Wigton pharmacy

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] BURGLAR who broke into a pharmacy in his home town has been jailed.

Austen Jackson was handed a 13-month sentence at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON).

Jackson, of Wiza Avenue, Wigton, admitted a burglary at the town’s Well Pharmacy on May 30, and the theft of painkiller-type medication.

The court heard his break-in was discovered after an alarm was activated. Enquiries revealed an entrance door panel had been smashed and an untidy search made.

Jackson, 40, was later arrested and police found blister packs at his home which he claimed to have bought from an unidentified seller. However, his blood was found at the crime scene.

It was said that Jackson – who had an alcohol problem – “couldn’t really remember” committing the offence.

Jailing Jackson, Judge James Adkin said: “This is a serious case of burglary because of the type of drugs that were targeted, because these drugs almost inevitably are sold on the street.”

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