'One man crime wave' jailed for 10 Years
It is not just London that has is seeing a sharp rise in crime. Even the once peaceful Hull is grappling with the rising levels of crime.
A "one man crime wave" who carried out a campaign of burglary in the neighbourhood where he lived has been jailed for ten years.
Lee Dixon, 50, stole a range of "high value electrical goods" and items of sentimental value, including jewellery, from properties within "hundreds of yards" of his then home in Victoria Avenue, west Hull.
Dixon, who had an "appalling" criminal record, including five previous domestic burglaries, denied any wrongdoing, despite leaving his blood and DNA at two of the addresses - and using bleach at one to try to cover his tracks.
Ben Thomas, prosecuting, said Dixon had 28 previous offences on his record, which dated back to 1983. It included:
- Six years for robbery in 1992;
- 15 months for affray and theft in 1993;
- Six years for robbery in 2003, reduced to four years on appeal;
- Five years for robbery in 2007;
- Six months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm in 2010;
- Three years for burglary in 2013.
"Your criminal record is appalling," the judge told Dixon.
He sacked his barrister during his Hull Crown Court trial, but was convicted of five burglaries, and acquitted of one on Monday. Dixon showed not a flicker of emotion when the verdicts were delivered.
Asked by Judge Peter Kelson QC if he had anything to say before he was sentenced, Dixon said: "No, sir."
Jailing Dixon, the judge told him: "I think it's right to categorise you for the period of this offending as a one man crime wave, leaving untold damage to your near neighbours by burgling their houses so remorselessly."
One of Dixon's victims was his next door but one neighbour - who was targeted after Dixon saw him packing his car to go away on holiday.
The judge said the sheer size of the TV stolen from that address "suggests more than one person was involved".
In another burglary, Dixon entered the property while a woman was asleep in her home, and the unfortunate woman then had a "confrontation" with him as he was leaving.
By denying his guilt, Dixon forced her and other victims to go through the ordeal of reliving their experience by giving evidence in court.
Another victim was already having a "difficult time" after suffering a bereavement, and was "stressed and tired" when he came home to find he had been burgled.
One man said he and his wife were "deeply upset" by the burglary, which caused "great anxiety".
Like Khan's London, Hull is a labour-dominated city and like London the progressives do little to nothing to tackle the criminal elements that prey on ordinary, decent English people.