'Grinch of Bradford' caught with wheelie bin full of stolen Christmas presents

Jason Walker has been jailed
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A prolific Bradford offender is behind bars after he was caught pulling a wheelie bin stuffed with stolen Christmas presents.

The city's Crown court heard on Friday that Jason Walker, 48, already had 60 previous convictions on his record covering 267 offences between 1986 and 2022.

Last June Walker, of Clayton Road, tried to break into a shed in the early hours, but he was caught outside the property on Ring doorbell footage. Six months later, while he was wanted in connection with that attempted burglary, Walker was spotted on Hollingwood Lane, Bradford, pulling the green wheelie bin.

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The court heard that Walker was arrested and the wheelie bin was found to contain various items including boxes of chocolates, hair straighteners, make-up, Christmas cards and the costume. At the time he committed the offences of attempted burglary and handling stolen goods last year Walker still subject to a suspended prison sentence imposed at Burnley Crown Court in December 2022.

The Honorary Recorder of Bradford Judge Jonathan Rose activated Walker’s two year suspended sentence and added an extra nine months for the latest offences. Walker had admitted the charge of attempted burglary, but he was found guilty after a magistrates court trial of handling the stolen goods.

Barrister Clare Walsh, for Walker, told the court her client was in “a revolving door” situation when it came to custody. She said he was able to make inroads with his problems while in custody, but then struggled when he was back in the community. Mrs Walsh said the offending had not been sophisticated and the stolen goods had been obtained through thefts from vehicles rather than domestic burglaries or robberies.

Judge Rose jailed Walker for two years and nine months and said he had a dreadful record and he had failed to take advantage of the help that had been offered to him in the past. He highlighted the fact that when Walker was given his suspended prison sentence it included requirements such as drug and alcohol treatment, but he had done nothing to comply with those conditions.

Judge Rose said the handling stolen goods was a mean offence because it was clear from the list of items that they were Christmas presents.

He said Walker would have disposed of them to get money to buy drugs and in reference to the superhero costume he added: ”A child who would have been deprived of that gift on Christmas Day would have been terribly distressed.” Judge Rose said Walker had run out of chances and the community was entitled to be protected from his criminality.