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Four burglars jailed for total of more than 12 years

Four burglars from west Cumbria have been jailed for a total of more than 12 years.

Police have welcomed the jail terms handed out after the men appeared at Carlisle Crown

Court to be sentenced for their part in a series of linked raids late last year.

All four were brought to justice following an investigation carried out by west Cumbria’s Crime and Safeguarding Team.

Nathan Dryden, 24, of Castlerigg Close, Whitehaven, was jailed for two years and three months.

He admitted entering a business as a trespasser on December 4 and the theft of property, burglary of the same business with intent to steal on December 7 as well as burglary of the business on December 31.

Lewis Smith, 21, of Latrigg Close, Mirehouse, admitted burglary of the same business on December 31.

He was jailed for 18 months.

Carl Nicholson, 26, of St Nicholas Avenue, Flimby, admitted burgling a property in the Cockermouth area on November 22.

Nicholson was jailed for five years and eight months.

And Samuel Wallace, 29, of Moss Bay Road, Workington, was jailed for three years.

He admitted involvement in the burglary on November 22.

Detective Sergeant Calvin Greaves, speaking after the sentencing, said: “We will not tolerate burglars targeting any kind of properties.

“Those who do so can expect to face a police investigation and prosecution.

“Businesses provide employment and contribute to the west Cumbrian economy.

“An attack on them is not a victimless crime – it hits people’s livelihoods.

“These three men thought they could enter where they shouldn’t be and take what didn’t belong to them.

“Our investigations and the work of our partners in the Crown Prosecution Service have brought them to justice.

"They will have time now to reflect on what they have done.”

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