Runaway burglar’s sentence extended

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A PROLIFIC antiques burglar has been handed an extra eight months after going on the run just days before he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

As reported in Saturday’s Mail, Hartlepool-born Michael Kenny was caught by police in Luton last week after spending three-and-a-half years on the run.

He fled from York Crown Court in November 2007 towards the end of a trial for six high-value burglaries across North Yorkshire.

Kenny was found guilty in his absence and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Yesterday, he was back in York Crown Court where he was given an additional eight months by Judge Stephen Ashurst.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, from North Yorkshire Police, said: “His sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes, and will hopefully bring some closure to the victims of his crimes.

“Kenny’s arrest sends a clear message to the criminal world that we will never give up searching for those people who believe they can evade justice.

“This is an excellent example of how police forces work together, sharing information and intelligence to bring offenders to justice. My thanks go to the Bedfordshire officers for their help in apprehending Kenny.”