Burglar jailed for three years after admitting 13 house raids in decade

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A career burglar has been jailed for three years after confessing to thirteen house burglaries over the past decade.

Frederick Irving, 35, burgled homes to feed his drug habit and was arrested again after breaking into a Barnsley house and stealing jewellery and a car.

He admitted burglary and theft of a Renault Clio and asked for 12 other break-ins dating back to 2001 to be considered. He has four previous convictions for burglary and has served a year in prison.

Susan Evans, prosecuting, said Irving broke into John Sweeney’s house at Coronation Street, Monk Bretton on the evening of January 19 and left items strewn about the kitchen and bedroom.

He stole the Renault keys and some rings of sentimental value worth £2,000 before making off in the car which had been left on the driveway.

The Clio was sold and found the next day damaged with the number plates removed.

Irving handed himself into a police station and his footprints matched those found at the scene of the burglary.

Mr Sweeney told police he no longer felt safe in his home and the jewellery and the car could not be replaced.

Rebecca Stevens, defending, told Sheffield Crown Court Irving wanted to wipe the slate clean.

Irving, of no fixed address, was on bail after being arrested for some of the old offences when he committed the latest break-in.

He had been addicted to Class A drugs since he was 16 and had been “battling with it for a long time”,

Judge Roger Keen told Irving: “Householders are entitled to consider that their homes are private places which should not be attacked by the likes of you.”

He was given three years in prison for the burglary and another year inside to run concurrently for stealing the car and banned from driving for a year.