Serial offender jailed after breaking into pub

A thirsty thief has been jailed after police found him inside a pub having a drink.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 3:22 pm
The smashed window at The High Main pub in Byker and Gary Pickering (inset).

Gary Pickering has been sentenced to over a year behind bars after smashing his way into The High Main pub in Byker in the early hours of May 12.

The burglar caused £2,000 of damage when he smashed the window to gain entry and set off the alarm, helping himself to booze from behind the bar.

When Police arrived less than three minutes after the alarm went off, they found the 48-year-old inside the pub where he was arrested.

Pickering, of North Parade, Whitley Bay, has been jailed for 13 months after admitting burglary at Newcastle Crown Court.

Following the case, Detective Sergeant Dave Lumsden, of Northumbria Police’s Central Burglary Team, said: “Gary Pickering is well known to our officers and so we immediately recognised him when we responded to the alarm activation.

“He was happily swigging away on some alcohol while trying to gather bottles of spirits that he intended to take from the pub.

“It was due to the immediate response of our officers, who were on the scene within three minutes, that led to him being apprehended.

“Pickering has had plenty of opportunities to turn his life around but he continues to offend with no regard for the victims of his crimes.

“He now has over 100 convictions for dishonesty offences and will have more chances to break the cycle of addiction that drives his offending.

“We hope he can make some positive changes but for now the streets of Newcastle are safer with him behind bars.”