A BURGLAR who carried out further break-ins while he was subject to a suspended prison sentence has been jailed for a total of three years.

Mark Cuniffe, 29, of Bellcote Drive, Moldgreen, ransacked office premises in Kingcliffe Road last December before gaining access to the adjoining bedsits and stealing hundreds of pounds worth of electrical items.

In April Cuniffe also tried to break into an occupied house in Thornhill Road and was later linked to that attempted burglary by a footwear mark left at the scene.

Cuniffe, who had previous offences of burglary on his record, was subject to a suspended prison sentence for violence at the time he committed the latest crimes.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Cuniffe had pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and one of attempted burglary.

Judge John Potter jailed him for two-and-a-half years for the break-in at the office and bedsits with an additional six months behind bars for the attempted burglary in April.

The judge accepted that Cuniffe had been making progress in addressing his health issues and his abuse of alcohol and drugs, but he said his previous record did him no favours at all.

The judge said the burglary matters had involved extensive damage and ransacking and the offending had caused the owner of the property significant distress and loss.

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