Sordid history of shameless father and son burglars

Gregory Hawkshaw once claimed he was stealing to help his son get OFF drugs

Gregory and Danny Hawkshaw

Gregory and Danny Hawkshaw

Britain’s most shameless father and son are currently awaiting sentence after admitting ransacking twelve local churches.

Gregory Hawkshaw, 45 of no fixed address but formerly of Bank Street North in Southport, and his son Danny Hawkshaw, 23, of Sandbrook Road in Ainsdale in Southport, pleaded guilty today to smashing their way into places of worship in places including Birkdale, Ainsdale, Banks, Scarisbrick, Halsall, Churchtown, Crossens and Southport town centre.

But the pair are no strangers to crime – with dad Gregory getting his first burglary conviction when he was just 11 years old.

He was jailed as recently as June this year, when he was recalled to prison for breaking into a business at Birkdale Trading Estate on Liverpool Road in Southport on May 2.

He committed his latest break-in while on licence, triggering his return to prison.

He was previously jailed in July 2014 for two years and three months for breaking into a garage on Kirkstall Road, Southport, and making off with two expensive mountain bikes.

The owner of the garage had installed CCTV cameras, which recorded Hawkshaw breaking into the garage with his son, Danny.

He set up the camera to send an alert to his phone if it was activated and at 3am four days after Christmas in 2013 the alert sounded.

When he got there the thieves had gone but he was able to hand in a video of their bungled burglary. Police recognised them and were able to arrest them four months later.

When interviewed Gregory Hawkshaw, 43, denied it was him but his son confessed it was “obvious” who had burgled the bikes.

Hawkshaw senior then admitted to the break-in and a string of other burglaries at four separate houses on Arundel Road.

Jailing Hawkshaw, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, said: “You say you committed the offences to help pay off your son’s drug debts. You commit offences because you are an inherently dishonest man who was burgling houses and sheds years before your son was born.”

The judge jailed Danny Hawkshaw for ten months, saying: “You cannot hide behind your father. You are quite capable of committing offences without him and do so frequently. You are in danger of going down his route.”

In September 2011 Gregory Hawkshaw was jailed for 12 weeks for stealing power tools from garden sheds.

He pleaded guilty to stealing from sheds on Cumberland Road and Rutland Road at North Sefton Magistrates Court.

Angela Conlon, prosecuting, told the court: “The householder on Rutland Road called the police to say she had spotted two figures walking down her garden path.

“Officers were deployed to the location and the police received a second report which said that two males had been seen in a garden on Cumberland Road.”

Ms Conlon added: “Hawkshaw told police he had no money for food and he had gone from garden shed to garden shed looking for something to steal so he could sell it.”

They will be sentenced for their latest crimes on November 24.

Liverpool Echo

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