Widnes pub burglar jailed for seven years Date published: 28th September 2018 11.56am

A man who stole thousands of pounds from a pub in Widnes has been jailed.

Stephen Burrows, 39, of HMP Altcourse, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 27 September where he was jailed for seven after earlier pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and burglary.

The incidents took place on the evening of Sunday 2 July 2017 when Burrows broke into the Eight Towers public house in Widnes twice in one night.

The first incident took place at around 10.50pm when Burrows, who was wearing dark clothing and a balaclava, used a ladder to access a first floor office at the Weates Close pub.

Once inside Burrows stole a quantity of cash and armed himself with a screwdriver before exiting building.

A short time later, at 11.10pm, he broke into the pub for a second time, again accessing via the first floor window, this time he attempted to force open the safe.

However, Burrows was disturbed by a member of staff who was cashing up. He threatened the man with the screwdriver and demanded that he handed over all of the money from the till and forced him to open the safe.

The pair were then involved in a short scuffle, during which the member of staff was able to escape and call for help. Burrows then fled the scene, taking with him more than £7,500 cash.

Detective Constable Tom Lucas from: “Burglary is despicable and the sentence handed to Burrows reflects the severity of his crime.

“The victim in the case was left shaken as a result of his ordeal and I hope that the successful conclusion of this case will provide some closure.

“I also hope that today’s result serves a reminder to any other offenders that if you choose to break the law you will be actively targeted, caught and punished."

Detective Inspector Ian Whiley added: “This successful operation is a testament to the dedicated team of officers and staff working together to make sure those responsible were stopped in their tracks and put before the courts.

“As a result of the overwhelming evidence gathered by the team Burrows was left with no option but to plead guilty and he is now facing the consequences of his actions.”