Career criminal jailed for three years

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A prolific Halifax criminal has been jailed for nearly three years for a spate of offences last November.

A judge heard on Monday how 38-year-old Adrian James Ramsden had amassed 45 previous convictions for more than 130 offences during a criminal career dating back to the early 1990s.

Ramsden’s barrister Anne-Marie Hutton said her client, of Balmoral Place, Halifax, had been labouring with an amphetamine addiction for the last 25 years.

Over a three-week period last November Ramsden committed four separate offences - some of them while he was on police bail.

At an earlier court hearing Ramsden pleaded guilty to burgling an occupied flat near to his home in the middle of the night.

He had been due to stand trial on further offences when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court today/yesterday, but before a jury was sworn in he pleaded to charges of burgling commercial premises, stealing a man’s mobile phone and having a knife with him at a hotel in Halifax.

The court heard that Ramsden had stolen a woman’s purse after going into the premises of The Seasonal Group on November 15 and 11 days later he was spotted by hotel staff using the knife to try and force open a door.

Judge David Hatton QC described Ramsden’s previous convictions as “lamentable” as he jailed him for a total of 35 months.