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Revolving door of the last-chance saloon
[18 Jan 2015] A prolific burglar with 170 convictions has walked free after the recorder of Burnley Crown Court, Tina Landale, gave him a 12-month ‘community order’ saying, ‘I am prepared to give you one last chance.’
Michael Dwyer, aged 31, stole mainly from the locals of Burnley, where he lives with his family and a serious drug habit. But he must have been pleased that the meaning of ‘last chance’ was so wonderfully elastic, as magistrates and judges had already given him ‘last chances’ in 2004 (twice) and 2011.
Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, described Dwyer as a menace. ‘What is the point in people reporting crime, or the police putting in all of the hard work in bringing him to court if this crook is just going to get a slap on the wrist?’ [Source: Daily Mail, 10 Oct 2014]