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Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS

A MAN who got on a train to Llandudno "by mistake" after being released from custody burgled a flat and a pub when he got there.

Terence Ward, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 21 months yesterday after admitting both burglaries.

Judge David Hale told Mold Crown Court that Ward had been a "continual crimewave" during 2017 and it was time he changed his ways.

He told the 26-year-old that if he kept coming back to court then his sentences would get longer and longer.

Ward told the judge that while in custody he had been reading the Bible. "Well listen to what it says," the judge told him.

Prosecuting barrister Frances Willmott said that Ward, previously of Needham Road, Kensington, Liverpool, burgled the King's Arms pub (left) on Mostyn Street on the night of August 16 when the landlord was doing paper work upstairs.

He heard a noise, shouted down and when he checked the CCTV saw the defendant searching the premises.

The same night Ward burgled a flat in nearby Bodafon Road, when he stole jewellery, money and other items while a couple slept. He was found hiding in a nearby garden.

Defending barrister Matthew Curtis said that Ward, who previously burgled a hotel in Blackpool, had remained crime free but returned to offending following the breakdown of a relationship.

He returned to using hard drugs combined with prescribed drugs for his mental health problems.

Mr Curtis said that fortunately there had been no confrontation in the burglaries in Llandudno and all the property had been recovered.

Judge Hale said that Ward committed "offence after offence" in 2017 as his life disintegrated and he relied more and more on drugs.

Everyone's sense of security was in their home and it was a serious matter when that was broken, he told him.

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Date:Jan 4, 2018
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