Burglar jailed after string of break-ins at offices and charities

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A BURGLAR has been jailed after breaking in to a host of offices and charities.

Robert Matthew Carr burgled the National Union of Mineworkers building, which is home to the offices of Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, from where he took House of Commons branded whiskey.

Carr burgled the offices of Foundation UK and the History of Education, where he took collection tins which held a total of £696.

The 26-year-old was also seen on CCTV going in to a parked ambulance at the University Hospital of North Durham to take a £500 radio.

It was later found in a car broken into in the Dryburn Hill area.

The whiskey bottles, worth £18.50 each, were found empty in a minibus outside the union office in Redhills Lane, with evidence found of an unsuccessful attempt made to start the vehicle.

Martin Towers, prosecuting at Durham Crown Court, said Carr recalled being x-rayed at the hospital, but could not remember being in an ambulance and the next thing he knew he was in Edinburgh with £900 in his pocket.

Carr admitted three charges of burglary, one of theft and one of vehicle interference, all on October 15 last year.

Jailing Carr, of Newmarket Street, Consett, for 10 months, Recorder David Preston said he had run out of chances, with the court told of 116 previous convictions.