‘Despicable’ Darwen thief jailed for six years

Lee Heath Jones

Lee Heath Jones

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A ‘TRULY despicable’ career criminal who burgled three East Lancashire homes has been sent to prison.

Police officers said Lee Heath Jones was one of the most prolific burglars they had ever seen and that he had no regard at all for his victims.

The 43-year-old, of Hazel Avenue, Darwen stole expensive watches and electrical items, including laptops and iPads, when he raided the houses in Grane Road, Haslingden, and Earnsdale Road and Hillside Avenue, both Darwen, in July last year.

He was caught after officers from the pro-active burglary team at Blackburn saw him acting suspiciously driving up and down alleyways in the Darwen area.

When he was stopped on the forecourt of the Shell garage in Bolton Road, on July 26, police found walkie-talkies, crowbars, marigold gloves and trainers, which he used to to put on to commit the burglaries.

The officers had to pull him through the window of his vehicle after he locked the doors and refused to come out.

Jones had already been sentenced in December to four years behind bars for a burglary in Preston.

He has since pleaded guilty to the three further counts and was sentenced to another two years. It means his total jail term is six years.

Det Sgt Eric Halford, of Blackburn CID, said: “This arrest and conviction is testament to the fantastic but often unseen work done by officers in the division. Jones is nothing less than a career criminal.

He is quite simply one of the most prolific burglars the county has ever seen. We believe his arrest alone significantly reduced the level of burglaries in the area in the summer of 2013.

“Not only is he prolific, he is, quite frankly, a truly despicable character.

“He has shown absolutely no remorse for his crimes at any stage and I genuinely believe his only concern was to selfishly feed his own desires.

“The community is much better off with this person out of the way for a substantial period of time.”

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12:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

We'll win the next one says...

What a scumbag
What a scumbag We'll win the next one
  • Score: 14

1:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

NeverEnding says...

6 Years and out on the streets in 3 years. Pathetic .6 years should mean 6 years.
6 Years and out on the streets in 3 years. Pathetic .6 years should mean 6 years. NeverEnding
  • Score: 16

1:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Another joke sentence, but never mind - we know where he lives now (or where he might live, eventually)!
Another joke sentence, but never mind - we know where he lives now (or where he might live, eventually)! Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 6

5:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Vermin!
Vermin! HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 6

7:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

We'll win the next one wrote:
What a scumbag
A lethal injection would put a stop to his drain on society and the endless misery he causes his fellow man,,,he in my opinion is a parasite of the worst kind like all house burglars.
[quote][p][bold]We'll win the next one[/bold] wrote: What a scumbag[/p][/quote]A lethal injection would put a stop to his drain on society and the endless misery he causes his fellow man,,,he in my opinion is a parasite of the worst kind like all house burglars. noddy57
  • Score: 6

8:11pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Frederick.a says...

Lee Heath Jones, Hazel Avenue Darwen
You make my skin crawl I hope every second in jail feels like a year. You look like skum and your actions are sickening!
I hope you read this, three years then your out maybe... I hope you prolong your sentence by doing something that is the norm to you.
I will never forget your face.
Lee Heath Jones, Hazel Avenue Darwen You make my skin crawl I hope every second in jail feels like a year. You look like skum and your actions are sickening! I hope you read this, three years then your out maybe... I hope you prolong your sentence by doing something that is the norm to you. I will never forget your face. Frederick.a
  • Score: 4

9:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

lifeisace says...

Lousy piece of scum. Let's hope he dies behind bars.
Lousy piece of scum. Let's hope he dies behind bars. lifeisace
  • Score: 2

12:54am Fri 1 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

lifeisace wrote:
Lousy piece of scum. Let's hope he dies behind bars.
excellent thought.but no such luck. these scum bags tend to live longer than the decent folk.
[quote][p][bold]lifeisace[/bold] wrote: Lousy piece of scum. Let's hope he dies behind bars.[/p][/quote]excellent thought.but no such luck. these scum bags tend to live longer than the decent folk. noddy57
  • Score: 1

11:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

Morgan le Fay says...

Well done to the Lancashire Constabulary !! another outsatnding job in tracking down this unsavoury piece of dirt.
Well done to the Lancashire Constabulary !! another outsatnding job in tracking down this unsavoury piece of dirt. Morgan le Fay
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Pegasus216 says...

A typical criminal class scrote, on benefits all his life, he has no shame and will be on the take and on the rob until this particular oxygen thief breathes his last...it really cannot come soon enough
G
A typical criminal class scrote, on benefits all his life, he has no shame and will be on the take and on the rob until this particular oxygen thief breathes his last...it really cannot come soon enough G Pegasus216
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Fri 1 Aug 14

gags2 says...

This is what should happen all the time put there picture in the paper for rapists thieves and murderers then when the thief comes out people can watch and see what he up to and report him
This is what should happen all the time put there picture in the paper for rapists thieves and murderers then when the thief comes out people can watch and see what he up to and report him gags2
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Fri 1 Aug 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Another joke sentence, but never mind - we know where he lives now (or where he might live, eventually)!
**** right some child molester got 3 years a few weeks ago and a thief gets 6 now?? what planet do these judges/magistrates live on??
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: Another joke sentence, but never mind - we know where he lives now (or where he might live, eventually)![/p][/quote]**** right some child molester got 3 years a few weeks ago and a thief gets 6 now?? what planet do these judges/magistrates live on?? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

5:14pm Fri 1 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

Mr Lee Heath Jones of Hazel Avenue, Darwen, you are another one of those who looks exactly what he is, an unwanted scum bag and a drain on civilised society. Some years ago the good people of the Isle of Man had a punishment for insects like yourself, but unfortunately it has now been forced to cease, another victim of the do gooders who allow you and your ilk to ply their ghastly trade. You and your type sicken me, but somehow I don't think you are bothered!
Mr Lee Heath Jones of Hazel Avenue, Darwen, you are another one of those who looks exactly what he is, an unwanted scum bag and a drain on civilised society. Some years ago the good people of the Isle of Man had a punishment for insects like yourself, but unfortunately it has now been forced to cease, another victim of the do gooders who allow you and your ilk to ply their ghastly trade. You and your type sicken me, but somehow I don't think you are bothered! onsidecobra
  • Score: 1

12:57am Wed 13 Aug 14

Papadoc The Major MC says...

The Judge should have put 1 in front of the 6
The Judge should have put 1 in front of the 6 Papadoc The Major MC
  • Score: 0

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