Crime spree yob spared jail term

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A yob who went on a crime spree has been warned he faces jail if he offends again.

Joshua Bower, 20, tore slates off a roof, attacked a pensioner with a fire extinguisher, walked into a woman’s home and stole her keys and daughter’s schoolbag, and stole the front of a car stereo from a vehicle parked in the street.

Preston Crown Court heard Bower, of Christie Avenue, Morecambe, had been drinking whiskey with his brother, girlfriend and another friend on March 20.

He was spotted on the roof of the Winter Gardens where a number of roof slates had been removed.

A short time later, the men were spotted inside the building by a volunteer.

The man, who was 65 years old, chased the two men from the building but Bower removed a fire extinguisher from the wall. He discharged the appliance, covering the volunteer’s face and clothing, before throwing the fire extinguisher at him, knocking him to the floor.

The same evening, a woman was in her living room when she saw a man walking down the stairs in her house.

The following morning her daughter’s schoolbag was missing and the woman realised her house keys were missing. Enquiries were made on Facebook and the bag was found in nearby bushes. Another man caught Bower rifling through his car on the same evening.

Janet Ironfield, defending, said Bower had acted impulsively, saying: “He did not intend to set off on a crime spree and, with his friend, become a two-man crime wave to this community.”

Bower was handed a 12- month jail term, suspended for 12 months, and put on 12 months supervision with the Probation Service.

He was also handed a curfew between 10pm and 6am.