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Preston man, 20, avoids jails after pleading guilty to burgling Craft & Crust in Penwortham

A 20-year-old man from Preston has avoided jail after admitting to burgling Craft & Crust in Penwortham.

Gary Hampson was arrested just two days after a burglary at the recently opened bar and restaurant in Liverpool Road, Penwortham.

Gary Hampson, 20, has been handed a 16-week suspended sentence for burgling Craft & Crust in Liverpool Road, Penwortham on Tuesday (January 21)

Gary Hampson, 20, has been handed a 16-week suspended sentence for burgling Craft & Crust in Liverpool Road, Penwortham on Tuesday (January 21)

The 20-year-old was remanded to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court yesterday (January 23) charged with burglary, but the hearing was adjourned to today.

This morning, Hampson pleaded guilty to burglary before being handed a 16-week sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He must also comply with requirements as part of his suspended sentence.

This includes a 6-month drug rehabilitation requirement, as well as a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement to reduce the prospect of his reoffending.

The 20-year-old has also been ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

The court made no orders for costs or a victim surcharge.

READ MORE: Man arrested and charged following burglary at Craft & Crust in Penwortham
Police said enquiries are ongoing to identify two other men in connection with the burglary that took place at 12.20am on Tuesday (January 21).

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