Man who broke into working men's club to sleep is jailed

A man who broke into a working men's club just for somewhere to sleep has been locked up.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:00 am

The police were called to the Moorthorpe Empire WMC in Moorthorpe when Billy John Moore was seen breaking in, Leeds Crown Court was told.

And when they arrived on the morning of December 19 last year, they found the 39-year-old asleep in a side room.

He was in possession of a small lock knife.

The Empire WMC.
The Empire WMC.

During interview he told the police that he had nowhere else to go after an argument with his partner, and that "felt stupid" for breaking in.

He admitted a charge of possessing a bladed article, but a charge of going equipped for burglary was dropped.

Mitigating, Craig Sutcliffe told the court that he suffers from cancer which has left him blind in one eye, and has battled heroin addiction over the years.

Moore, of Princess Avenue, South Kirkby, has 33 previous convictions for 89 offences dating back to 1995.

He was jailed for 146 days.