Evil burglar breaks into Newcastle city centre cathedral while clergy and staff are present

Evil burglar breaks into Newcastle city centre cathedral while clergy and staff are present

A city centre cathedral was broken into by a vicious thief while staff and clergy were present.

Marc Egdell, 46, targeted a restricted section of a cafe area at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle in February. Newcastle Crown Court heard the theft was discovered when a cash register was found outside and a card reader was on the floor.

An examination of the cash drawer was linked to Egdell, who has 185 offences on his record. Prosecutor Neil Jones said the till contained no cash but had been separated from the card reader during the raid, which cost £222 to repair.

Mr Jones said: “There were staff and clergy present in the foyer while the offender was present.”

Judge Penny Moreland said the offence was “cruel” and told Egdell: “The cathedral works with people who are homeless, who are vulnerable, and to take advantage of that and go into the cafe and rob the till, hoping to find money, was a cruel thing to do.

“There were people inside the cathedral when you committed this crime.”

Edgell, of no fixed address, admitted the burglary. He also admitted stealing an umbrella from a Mercedes which was parked in a street and burgling a family home while a mother and daughter were inside, just a month after the cathedral break-in. The court heard he entered a porch area of ​​the house before being disturbed by a delivery driver and did not steal anything.

However, the homeowner said she was left feeling “uneasy” and fears something similar could happen again.

Judge Moreland said it was clear Egdell was a “different person” when not under the influence of alcohol and sentenced him to two years and nine months in prison.

Jennifer Coxon, defending, said Egdell had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, which was the cause of his offending, for a “significant period”. Miss Coxon said Egdell had been given responsible work while on remand and had sought help with his problems.

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