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'Bizarre' Cheltenham burglar Philip Collins is jailed for 40 weeks

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

Gloucester Crown Court

Gloucester Crown Court

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BURGLAR Philip Collins continued trying to break into Cheltenham homes even after a woman raised the alarm and police were on his trail.

The 33-year-old's behaviour on the night of July 17 this year was described as "bizarre" by Judge Jamie Tabor QC at Gloucester Crown Court.

He jailed Collins, of Barbridge Road, Cheltenham, for 40 weeks after he admitted three offences of attempted burglary at addresses in Granley Road and Swanswell Drive, Cheltenham.

Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said a woman sleeping in a semi detached bungalow in Granley Road woke to see Collins outside her conservatory. He shouted to her that he "needed help" as he had cut his head but she could not see any injury.

He then moved away from the door and she called the police and gave a description of him.

PC Tim Meadows and his dog were quickly on the scene and they found a black baseball cap. The dog followed the scent and PC Meadows spotted Collins crouching by a house back door.

He had a long metal pole in his hand. The officer sent the dog into the garden, ordering Collins to stay still but he leapt up and scaled a six foot fence.

Collins was seen again shortly afterwards at another house and was eventually arrested. Mrs Hennessy said Collins has numerous previous convictions and was jailed for four years in 1997 for burglary and in 2004 he received a five and a half year sentence in Oxfordshire, also for burglary.

Nick Fridd, defending, said Collins admitted the offences on the basis he was very drunk that night.

But Judge Tabor pointed out that Collins had scaled walls "with alacrity" and kept one step ahead of the police – something that would be difficult to do when drunk.

"Whatever way you look at it, it was very bizarre behaviour," he said. "He knew it was likely the police had been called yet he continued committing further attempted burglaries."

Jailing Collins the judge described him as a "seasoned, well practiced burglar".

There had to be a prison term to help deter offenders at a time when Cheltenham was suffering too many burglaries, he said.

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  • CrowDog  |  December 17 2012, 12:28PM

    half as much theiving? with one less hand i guess lol

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  • valhalla2010  |  December 05 2012, 9:38AM

    And if we were to chop one of his hands off I wonder how much thieving he would do then.....?

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  • valhalla2010  |  December 05 2012, 9:37AM

    I like the 'Three strikes and out' policy that some states operate in the USA. I also read in the Torygraph recently that the Dutch now have 'chav villages' where untermensch get sent to live where the law can keep close tabs on them.

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  • Studley1975  |  December 04 2012, 7:56PM

    Just 'Another Day In Paradise' If He 'Hangs On In There Long Enough', 'Against All Odds' Of Course! Sorry Cant Help Myself! :D

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  December 04 2012, 4:18PM

    Actually he escaped from a PC and a dog initially - which was the whole point of my comment - and was caught later. Try reading the article. Or better still, ask your carer to read it for you if you find the long words difficult.

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  • username123  |  December 04 2012, 3:43PM

    Dr HHHH you are a fool. He was caught, but your judicial system has just let him go. Hope he burgles your house next and then see how funny you think this all is.

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  December 04 2012, 3:36PM

    A PC and a dog couldn't catch a drunken lowlife in a garden? He climbed the fence? Well that's just the sort of sneaky underhand thing that they never expected! If criminals don't play by the rules how are they supposed to do anything about that.

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  • username123  |  December 04 2012, 3:26PM

    yep, this excuse for a judge has done it again. 40 weeks is a complete joke. with time served and halving it anyway i imagine he is already out. I hate the pathetic excuses of these thievings scumbags and i hate that we have a judicial system who never give proper sentences. This scumbag is and has been a thief for ever and once again the police will now have to spend months trying to catch him again. Absolutly bloody maddening. Idiot judge!.

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  • georgette2010  |  December 04 2012, 12:05PM

    It could have been worse. He could have burst into song!

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  • QwertyOS  |  December 04 2012, 10:51AM

    He went to court in his shirt sleeves...No Jacket Required...and the judge took everything on... Face Value..... BOOM...BOOM.

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