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18 year old burglar Connor Stokes

The Lancashire Telegraph reported last week, on a teenager that has been jailed for a burglary that he committed in Crawshawbooth. The crime took place at Sunnyside House on Burnely Road, the former home of Phil Neville. The current owners of the property, Mr and Mrs Greensmith have since added to their security system within their home. They have informed the court of the extra security measures now in place.

The burglar was an 18 year old Connor Stokes of Queen Street, Rawtenstall. He received a 16 month sentence for the crime that took place on 5th March this year. During his crime, Stokes first tried to steal a 50 inch television but was unsuccessful in ripping the TV set from the wall. He then proceeded to steal another television from out of the changing rooms of the gym in the six bedroom house.

On the day of the burglary, Mr Greensmith left home at 4:20am for a business trip. His wife left later that morning at 7:30am with the couple’s children. Later on that day the cleaner noticed that an intruder had entered the property and informed Mrs Greensmith. On arriving back home, Mrs Greensmith observed that the garage door leading to the main house had been forced open.

Prosecuting officer in the court case Mrs Emma Kehoe, stated in the hearing that other rooms at the Greensmith’s home had also been entered by Stokes. The CCTV system at Sunnyside House, Burnley Road captured images of the teenager. There were also footwear marks that matched Connor Stokes’ shoes, from the crime scene which enabled the police investigating the case to arrest and charge him for the offence.

If you have any concerns with the security of your home and/or business premises then please do not hesitate to contact Morris Locksmiths on  01257 263933 / 07984 672382 or alternatively you can email us


Following a report yesterday in the Lancashire Telegraph, Morris Locksmiths would like to reiterate the importance of adequate security for your business premises.

The Report

The report was regarding Mushtaq Ahmed, owner of Tiplies Mini Market in Brunshaw Avenue, Burnley. He had been the victim of a theft by 22 year old Jack Brooks. A local man, that Mr Ahmed had known for ten years. Brooks threatened Mr Ahmed with a knife and demanded that he gave him cash from the shop till. Initially, Mr Ahmed had thought it was all a joke because Mr Brooks was clothed in a leopard print onesie. Until the knife had been shown …

“He was a nice lad. We all make mistakes. I forgive him and I feel sorry for him really.” Said Mr Ahmed. He then went on to say “But he has to be taught the lesson that he cannot do this kind of thing to anybody else.”

Brooks left the scene empty handed as the victim defended himself. At Burnley Crown Court, the would be thief pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article when he appeared. He was handed a two year and eight months prison sentence.

Business security advice from Morris Locksmiths, ChorleyBusiness security

The above report highlights the fact that potentially every customer walking through your door, could cause problems. Whilst, thankfully this is not reality, it is worth taking precautionary measures to keep you and your profits safe.

  • Good quality door locks – British Insurance Approved locks help to protect your business premises whilst out of hours. It is also a necessary requirement for your insurance policy to be valid.
  • Door and Window shutters – If you already have shutters installed, then use them correctly and ensure that they are always locked whilst you are not present. Have your shutters regularly maintained, so that the locking mechanism is working to it’s full potential. Consider having shutters fitted if you haven’t already, for extra peace of mind.
  • CCTV – Whilst not cheap to install, the system could provide you with valuable evidence if required.
  • Ensure that any cash is either taken off the premises at the end of your working day or stored in an adequately secure storage safe.
  • Display a window sticker, stating that no cash is left in the till over night.
  • Consider installing an under counter alarm system, whereby you can contact the Police immediately in the event of a robbery whilst you are working.


If you require any further advice regarding keeping your business premises secure, then please do not hesitate to contact Morris Locksmiths on  01257 263933 / 07984 672382 or Email:


With thanks for the use of the CCTV photograph to Hustvedt CC BY-SA 3.0