Prison sentence for man who burgled residents in Widnes Date published: 30th January 2017 4.03pm

A Liverpool man has been jailed for six years and nine months for burglary offences in Widnes.

John Walker, of York Street, Garston was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, 27 January for five counts of burglary, two counts of theft from a person and handling stolen goods. The 25-year-old had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing?

On Monday 1 August 2016 at around 12:40am, Walker entered an address on Ash Lane, Widnes. Once inside he stole the victim’s handbag and car keys, before fleeing the scene in the occupant’s Audi S3.

Walker was subsequently involved in a collision along Halebank Road causing significant damage to a house before making off on foot. After forensically examining the vehicle, officers were able to gain vital DNA linking Walker to the offence and a previous burglary in the area.

Walker was subsequently arrested on Monday 15 August 2016, charged and recalled to prison for breaching his license.

Walker was also sentenced to three other burglaries in Widnes, on Ash Lane, Lakeside Close and Halebank Road where he stole a mobile phone and a quantity of cash from the properties.

Detective Constable Joseph McNally said: “Walker had no regards for the victims when he entered their homes and stole from them. People should feel safe in their homes, and knowing that someone entered your house while you were present can have a profound effect. These types of crime can have the biggest impact on victims, and Walker’s actions have left them angry and violated.

“ I hope this conviction sends a clear message to residents, that burglary will not be tolerated in Widnes and we will bring those intent on causing misery in our communities to justice.”