Longridge shop raider (22) is back in court

Preston Magistrates Court
Preston Magistrates Court

A burglar known for targeting businesses has narrowly avoided jail after breaking into two salons.

Dean Catt, 22, of Higher Road, Longridge, helped himself to hair straighteners, clippers, scissors, and shampoo products as well as stealing cash tins. He pleaded guilty to two charges of entering as a trespasser at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that the break-ins took place at Kerseys on Preston Road, Grimsargh, and Opulence in Market Place, Longridge, between July 1 and 2 this year.

The bench imposed 18 weeks suspended for 74 weeks.

John Kersey, owner of Kerseys, had a specially made pair of scissors worth £800 stolen amongst other goods.

He said: “It’s not just about what they take. The front door was kicked in so you can imagine the disruption the following day. It’s not good for the wellbeing of staff and clients.

“He ripped out a computer drawer and all our records went down. Since the break-in we have taken bigger security measures. It’s disappointing you have to do that because we are a community business, but when there are break ins in an area insurance goes up and the companies want extra measures.”

Catt, who was in court in August for burglaries at other Longridge businesses, was ordered to pay compensation of £350, with a £60 surcharge, £85 costs and a £180 court charge.