Sunderland pub burglar’s last chance

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A BURGLAR who raided Sunderland bars has been given a last chance to stay out of jail.

Alan Harrison broke into the Cooper Rose pub on July 12, but left empty handed when he realised cleaners were inside.

Two days later the 41-year-old stole property from a bar worker’s home, above the Borough.

Harrison, of no fixed address, admitted two charges of burglary.

Jamie Adams, defending, told Newcastle Crown Court drugs are at the heart of Harrison’s offending.

He said Harrison, who has convictions for 100 offences, is motivated to change.

Recorder Toby Hedworth adjourned the case so Harrison, who would otherwise face a three year minimum jail term under the “three strikes” rule, can be assessed for drug treatment.

The judge said: “This is an absolute one-off last chance. It is a highly exceptional state of affairs.”