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Meet the stupidest Mersey crooks of 2015; ROGUES' GALLERY OF THE CROOKS WITHOUT A CLUE.

Byline: JOE THOMAS City Centre Reporter joe.thomas@trinitymirror.com joe_thomas18 @

MERSEYSIDE'S courts have heard some bizarre and unusual cases in 2015.

In one case, a robber was unable to escape because his high-vis disguise made him easy to chase, while in another a gang was found cowering by police under garden furniture.

This year has also seen offenders face overwhelming evidence after recording themselves on mobile phones, or leaving clues on social media.

Looking back on the year, are these Merseyside's daftest criminals of 2015? Special delivery Drug dealer Salam Abdul filmed himself saying "special delivery" while inspecting PS160,000 of cannabis.

The 22-year-old recorded the footage on his mobile phone - but denied the drugs were his when police found him repackaging it at a Toxteth property.

Alongside two others, he refused to comment when interviewed by police but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis.

Abdul, of Boswell Street, in Toxteth, was jailed for 20 months back in May after his defence lawyer argued: "It may well be the fact that it was recorded on video shows what a novelty it was to this defendant."

What a fuel Hazar Mahamet was forced to push a motorbike home after robbing two delivery drivers at gunpoint, only to find it had no fuel in its tank.

The 20-year-old, of Kelvin Grove, in Toxteth, had offered to buy the bike after seeing it for sale on Gumtree.

But when the bike arrived he produced an imitation firearm and took it from the delivery drivers without paying.

He was tracked down by police who found a gold Rolex in his bedroom and discovered it was the same watch he had been wearing when he sent the bike seller a WhatsApp picture of him holding the cash he was offering to buy the bike with.

He was jailed for five years after admitting robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.

The only way is hi-vis David Towey decided the best way to disguise himself during a robbery was by wearing a hi-vis jacket.

The 30-year-old stole a cashbox from a G4S guard at Prescot's Cables Retail Park and ran to his Manchester Road home.

But because of his obvious clothing - which included a hard hat and sunglasses - staff were able to chase him as passers-by pointed after the fleeing offender.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Towey in the shower, unsuccessfully trying to break open the cashbox.

Towey, who was in the shower in a bid to stop security ink inside shooting everywhere, was jailed for three years and four months after admit-ting robbery. Sentencing him, Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: "You were literally caught in the shower with the cashbox. The evidence against you was overwhelming."

Socks & violence Drug dealer Alan Walton was filmed by his friend playing with a lethal submachine gun that could fire 1,200 rounds per minute ... with socks on his hands.

The 31-year-old, of The Green, Knotty Ash, could be seen pressing the gun's trigger while friend Terry Winstanley, 27, asks him: "Is that your new toy, Walt?" Walton was jailed after admitting cannabis production and possession of a firearm while Winstanley, whose Mill Lane home was where the recording was made, admitted conspiracy to possess firearms.

What a pig Drug addict Howard McKay broke into his ex-girlfriend's house to steal a TV and money from her teenage son's piggy bank.

The 43-year-old, of Oriel Road, in Birkenhead, dropped the 40-inch flat screen after he was chased by the boy and fell over in Bebington Road, New Ferry. The woman found McKay had smashed a kitchen window to get into the house and took PS30 from her son's money box, in his bedroom.

When McKay was arrested at around 4am the next day, he told police: "It's my money and my TV".

He was jailed after admitting burglary.

Red light Drunk driver Christopher Quirk passed out behind the wheel at a red light on Islington - and then told an off-duty police officer "Get in, girl," when she tapped on his window.

The 24-year-old then became aggressive and damaged the officer's car when she smelled "intoxicating liquor" and took his keys from the ignition.

Quirk, of Beaversbrook Road, Norris Green, pleaded guilty to criminal damage; failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

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