Burglar is jailed after spree in city

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A serial burglar fitted with a tag the day before one offence has been jailed for four years.

Kenneth Archer had been fitted with a tag which recorded that he was at the rear of a terraced property on Cavendish Street at 3.30am. His footprint was found on a window sill.

Kenneth Archer.

Kenneth Archer.

A lap top, mobile phone and wallet had all been taken from the address.

Archer, 52, of Lune Street, Lancaster pleaded guilty to burglary.

He asked for seven other burglaries, also carried out in Lancaster, to be taken into consideration at Preston Crown court.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said Archer was located after the Cavendish Street burglary because he had been on a tag at the time.

Later that month Archer spoke to police about other offences in June and July, making significant admissions. Archer had 13 previous house burglaries and two aggravated burglaries to his name.

Fraser Livesey, defending, said Archer had asked for a tag to be fitted the day before an offence.

The judge, Recorder Abigail Hudson, said:“The pre-sentence report says in some way you are addicted to the thrill of burglary.

“I fear that you may simply be institutionalised and unable to remain offence free.”