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Burglar jailed after his blood was found at crime scenes

The charges relate to a number of incidents across Mansfield.

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A man has been jailed after leaving a pool of his blood at the scene of his crimes.

Leigh Paddon has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary, failed to appear for three shop thefts and a theft from a motor vehicle at Nottingham Crown Court last week.

Paddon, 36 of no fixed address was arrested by investigating officers after his blood was found at two crime scenes, which was forensically examined to match his DNA.

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The charges relate to a number of incidents across Mansfield.

The first in the early hours of 24 July 2019 where Paddon has entered a solicitors on Westgate in Mansfield town centre. He gained entry by smashing a first floor window and a stealing a key to a safe and a gift bag. Blood was left at the scene after a messy search within the building.

Later that morning he also broke into a front window of a B&M store and stole alcohol.

He was arrested quickly by officers after being spotted on CCTV footage and the items at both incidents were recovered.

He was also charged with three thefts at shops in Mansfield in February 2020.

The first happened at Poundland at St Peters Retail Park on 26 February where he stole £35 worth of items including shower gel and shaving foam. Fifteen minutes later he visited Home Bargains and again stole further items.

The next day he committed a further crime by stealing two bottles of perfume from a Boots store in Four Seasons Centre by putting them in his pocket and leaving the store.

He was also charged for an incident on 11 March 2020 where he broke into the Little John pub in Ravenshead wearing a face mask.

The incident happened around 2.30am where he broke into the kitchen by removing a pane of glass and used an angle grinder to attack both hinges of a safe. In his actions, he cut himself, which left his blood at the scene. He made off having not gained entry to the safe.

Also that morning he broke into a taxi on a Kitchener Drive in Mansfield where he smashed a window and stole around £90 in coins.  Again, he cut himself at the scene and left blood at the scene on the glass fragments.

He was also charged for failing to attend Mansfield Magistrates Court following three shop theft in Mansfield.

The owner of the pub Simon Wilkinson, 46, from Pleasley said in a victim statement: “I was made aware that somebody had broken into the pub. I attended a short time later and I inspected the kitchen to see such a mess. I then saw that someone had tried to get into the safe, by some sort of power tool.

“There was a large pool of blood, so it was obvious that whoever was attempting to break into the safe had injured themselves whilst doing so.

“The whole incident left me on edge. I would find myself constantly checking the CCTV footage on my phone whilst at home as I was paranoid someone will break in again.

“I also suffered a financial loss due to insurance premiums going up.

“I am pleased to see he is now behind bars.”

Detective Constable Caroline Bailey led the investigation. She said: “We are happy with the result. Paddon has caused a lot of people a lot of grief and stress from his actions.

“His blood was left at two crimes scenes, which was forensically linked to his offences and traced back to his DNA.

“We hope that the sentencing will give the victims some closure for what happened to them. I’d like to thank and praise the victims who have been brave throughout the investigation.

“The force takes burglaries really seriously in Nottinghamshire which is why we have the team working around the clock, dedicated to investigating such crimes.

“It’s horrific for anyone to have their privacy invaded in this way and to come home to find all their personal belongings have been rifled through and taken.

“I’m glad that we were able to quickly prove that Paddon was behind this crime by leaving blood at the scene and my team will continue their hard work in leaving no stone unturned in bringing offenders to justice.”

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