Burglar caught during hospital raid

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A prolific burglar was caught by security guards after he targeted a West Yorkshire hospital.

Paul Armitage was detained at Dewsbury District Hospital as he was seen trying door handles as he made his way along corridors in the outpatients department.

Leeds Crown Court heard Armitage struggled with the officers during the incident on November 19 last year and claimed he was there for a blood test. A day earlier Armitage had been involved in a break-in at another part of the hospital. Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said Armitage and another man forced open a laundry room window at Cullingworth House.


The two men tried to use a crowbar to steal money from a dryer but ran off after being spotted.

Armitage, 34, of Windy Bank Lane, Hightown, Liversedge, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary. He has 57 previous convictions for dishonesty offences. Christopher Moran, mitigating, said Armitage had a long-standing addiction to heroin which was the cause of much of his offending. Mr Moran said father-of-three Armitage had been seeking help for his drug problems while in custody.

Recorder Tony Hawks told Armitage he must serve a 15-month sentence.

He said “The serious feature here is that this was a hospital. Hospitals are there for members of the public - for you as much as anybody else - and for people to do their best to keep other others healthy and save lives.

“What they do not need is people like you lurking around, trying to cause problems and steal things.”