Prolific burgla is sent to jail

Philip Brindley
Philip Brindley

A prolific burglar has been jailed for 45 months after stealing two vehicles from a Sowerby Bridge home while the owners slept.

Philip Brindley, 37, of Bobbin Mill Close, Todmorden, was sentenced by a judge at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting the night-time break-in at a house in Sowerby Bridge in June.

The court heard that the occupants of the property were in bed when Brindley got into the house on Oldham Road.

Prosecutor Gerald Hendron said when the owners woke they found that a Honda Civic worth £15,000 and a van had both been driven away.

Mr Hendron said a police officer later spotted the Honda, with false plates on it, parked outside Brindley’s home.

Brindley, of Bobbin Mill Close, was arrested and the keys to the Honda and the van were found in his home, along with a second set of stolen registration plates in the boot of the car.

A victim impact statement heard the homeowners had suffered stress and inconvenience after the burglary.

Mr Hendron said they had to battle with an insurance firm to get a hire car and had to pay out over £1,000 on the insurance excess. New locks on the Honda also cost £550.

Brindley, who had previous convictions for house burglary, admitted one offence of burglary, theft of the Honda and two charges relating to the theft of registration plates. He also asked for two further burglaries committed in Bacup, Burnley, to be taken into consideration.

Judge Peter Benson said Brindley had a dreadful record of previous convictions and noted he had been jailed for three years for house burglaries in December 2009. He said the victim impact statement showed the family’s financial loss, inconvenience and distress, adding: “These are all serious offences particularly for a man with your record.”