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Burglar facing prison sentence for two Lake District break-ins

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] BURGLAR who broke into two Lake District properties has been told his prison sentence “is just a question of how long”.

Darren Richard Spicer, 44, is said to have left one of his victims with a £75,000 repair bill after entering two homes in the Windermere area separately as a trespassers 10 months apart.

When he appeared before South Cumbria magistrates in February, Spicer admitted burgling one property between August 11 and 15 last year when he is said to have “set up home” while the owner was elsewhere. Extensive damage is said to have been caused at that property, which had previously undergone a high specification upgrade.

And when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (MON), Spicer admitted two more offences. He pleaded guilty to burgling another property in the Windermere area, and stealing jewellery, a purse, a cushion, money and car keys. That break-in occurred between June 24 and 30 this year. He also admitted a charge of going equipped for burglary, also in South Cumbria on July 11, by having a glass hammer.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case for the prosecution to pursue an impact statement from the defendant’s most recent  victim.

Spicer, of Regent Street, Stotfold, Hitchin, was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced later this week.

Judge James Adkin told him: “Needless to say you are going to be sent to prison. It is just a question of how long.”

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