Thief facing jail after 21st burglary

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A MAN has been warned to expect a prison sentence after admitting his 21st burglary.

Colin Ayre broke into a house in Cairnside, Seaham, and took jewellery and watches valued at £2,300, Durham Crown Court heard.

The 34-year-old, of Kirklea Road, Houghton, admitted a charge of burglary on November 22.

The court heard he has 20 previous convictions for burglary.

Chris Morrison, defending, said: “He does have a long record for this type of offence, but most were a long time ago.

“Mr Ayre’s family and other circumstances have improved in recent times.

“It would assist the court to hear about that in a pre-sentence report.”

Judge Christopher Prince adjourned the case for sentence on January 24.

A report about him will be prepared by the probation service for the hearing.

The judge said: “I am prepared to grant the application for a report.

“But the defendant must understand custody is inevitable, it is only a question of how long.”

The judge remanded Ayre in custody until the next hearing.