Criminal who targeted cars and shops is sent back to prison

GUILTY: Damon Watson
GUILTY: Damon Watson
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A man has been jailed for 26 weeks after admitting a string of thefts and taking a car.

Damon Lloyd Watson, 26, no fixed abode, was involved in taking a Renault Twingo vehicle shortly after being released from another prison sentence in August, Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.

He also pleaded guilty to interfering with a Peugeot in Leyland.

Watson also admitted entering McColls on Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, and stealing cash from the till and cigarettes from behind the counter on August 29.

The court heard on September 28, he targeted the Bottle and Basket store in Leyland, where he stole the till, which contained £300.

DC Warren Gibson, of Lancashire Police, said: “Credit must be given to members of public who phoned the police about the car being taken, because this information led us to find him hiding in a field. That was vital.

“This was a nasty crime which impacted on the victim, a woman, who was asleep when the car was taken.

“A neighbour’s fence was damaged.

“Watson is a persistent offender and we are happy the sentence reflects his involvement in these matters.”

Watson is banned from driving for 12 months.