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'Worm burglar' jailed for pub thefts

A man nicknamed the "Worm Burglar" has been jailed after committing nine burglaries at pubs in Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.

Leigh Cassidy, of Hyde Road in Gorton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to four-and-a-half years in prison.

The 47-year-old gained his nickname after he crawled on his front in an effort to avoid alarm sensors, Greater Manchester Police said.

DC Adele Coulter added: "Once there, he raided the gaming machines, stealing hundreds of pounds.

"Once he had finished, he crawled back to where he had broken in and left, sometimes activating the alarm, but by this time he had already escaped.

"Thankfully, we received information he had been involved in a burglary using the same tactic and we managed to link him with the remaining crimes."

Cassidy stole a total of about £7,000 and caused thousands of pounds of damage to the targeted pubs between March 2013 and May 2014, police said.