Jail ‘inevitable’, judge tells laundrette burglar

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A prolific burglar who admitted breaking into a Preston laundrette has been told a prison sentence is “inevitable”.

David Cocker, 41 appeared by videolink at Preston Crown Court to enter a guilty plea to a single count of burglary.

The court heard Cocker, of Hornby Road, Ribbleton, entered the Brightwash Laundrette in Langcliffe Road, Preston, on October 25 intending to steal from the shop.

Anthony Parkinson, defending, said Cocker accepted he was facing an immediate custodial sentence as he has an appalling record.

Cocker has more than 170 offences on his record including breaking into a family home in Deepdale.

In 2013 he was caught stealing food from a kitchen in Royal Preston Hospital while he was a patient on another ward awaiting surgery.

Judge Andrew Leeming remanded Cocker in custody until he returns to court on February 4 for sentence.