Jail for raider caught stealing cannabis plants

A prolific offender involved in raids on properties in Halifax and Huddersfield has been jailed for 16 months.

Dean Regan, 23, of North Park, King Cross, Halifax, was caught trying to steal cannabis plants at a house in Prince Street, Huddersfield, just a week after receiving a community order.

Police saw two men run off, but Regan was found at the bottom of the stairs holding the plants.

Prosecutor Simon Ostler told Bradford Crown Court that a van parked nearby had its doors open with other cannabis plants inside it.

And in January, while on police bail, Regan was involved an attempted break-in at a newsagents in Cross Street, Pellon.

The court heard a neighbour was woken by the noise of men trying to force their way into the premises in the early hours.

They saw two of the men trying to force the roller shutter and after it was opened the door of the property was attacked.

When police arrived the four men ran off, but Regan and his co-accused Zain Ghani, 27, were arrested.

Regan was found in possession of latex gloves.

Ghani, of Nursery Street, Ovenden, and Regan both pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in relation to the attack on the newsagents and Regan also admitted burgling the house in Huddersfield.

Recorder Ian Harris said Regan had 23 convictions for 55 offences on what he described as “a dreadful record”.

Barrister Stephen Wood, for Regan, said a letter written to the judge by his client demonstrated his intelligence and what a waste he had made of his life so far.

Mr Wood said it demonstrated how any addiction or misuse of controlled drugs could so sorely affect a person.

Ghani was given a community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community.