Blackpool man jailed for botched burglary

A BLACKPOOL man was today imprisoned for a home burglary where he was disturbed by the occupant, who he assaulted in an attempt to evade capture.

Lee Connolly, 40, of no fixed address but of Blackpool, who appeared via prison videolink, was imprisoned for eighteen months at Preston Crown Court having pled guilty to one count of dwelling burglary with violence.

The offence took place on Friday 8 November of last year when Connolly entered a property on Newton Drive, Blackpool, and stole a mobile telephone and money. Connolly was then disturbed at the scene by the occupant, who pursued Connollly. When the occupant then caught Connolly on the driveway, Connolly assaulted him in an attempt to escape. However, the occupant managed to subdue the attack and kept Connolly at the scene until police officers arrived to arrest him.

DS Steve Hallam of Blackpool CID said; “Connolly’s was an audacious crime, not only breaking into someone’s home and stealing their property, but then attacking the occupant when he was disturbed in order to try and make good his escape.

“As such, we welcome the court’s decision to impose a custodial sentence on Connolly today.”