A CAREER burglar is back in prison after being chased through the streets of Leeds clutching a Peter Rabbit cup he stole from a house.
Dale Bavill swiped the cup featuring the Beatrix Potter character during the raid at a house in Temple Newsam.
Bavill, 31, also took around £600 worth of electrical items, including an iPhone, but was spotted leaving the property by the homeowner who chased after him.
The victim, a retired teacher, was then joined in the pursuit by a Post Office worker.
Bavill threw the cup into a bin and managed to get away. The cup was recovered and found to have Bavill’s blood on it. Bavill was arrested and pleaded guilty to the offence which took place during the afternoon of May 31 this year.
Bavill, of Cemetery Road, Beeston, has 32 previous convictions for 91 offences. It is his sixth conviction for house burglary.
Adrian Pollard, mitigating, said Bavill’s offending was linked to his drug problems and that his client accepted he had to be punished.
The lawyer said: “He’s not really made a life for himself and he spoils the lives of others.”
Mr Pollard added: “The gentleman here was quite brave to follow him out of the property.”
The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “You are 31 and I find it a worrying factor because, from what we understand from those who study these things, is that many people stop offending in this way at 28 or 29. Those who go on past that tend to just go on, and on, and on. This is now the sixth time you have come before the court for this type of offence.”