"The judge, Recorder Andrew Long, told him he had an 'appalling' criminal record and added: 'You know that these offences are so serious only a custodial sentence can be imposed for them.'"
The words will sound familiar to the criminal, as he heard it all last time round.
"His latest offences came last December after he was freed 12 months early from a two-and-a-half year jail term for what a judge branded a 'frightening' campaign of break-ins.
Within week of his release he broke into an 88-year-old woman's home in Padiham and stole her television as she slept, later slashing the tyres of a witness in revenge after she called the police."
Why even bother locking him up?