Skegness man jailed for two years

A SKEGNESS man caught with thousands of pounds worth of stolen property taken from homes in the Lincoln area was jailed on Friday for two years.

Leon Rayner was arrested after jewellery was recovered when police raided his home.

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the items included £2,300 worth of items taken from a house in Lincoln.

A silver cross and jewellery taken from a property in North Hykeham was also found.

Rayner, 33, of South Parade, Skegness, admitted two charges of handling stolen property during April this year.

The court was told he had served three separate jail terms since 2006 for dishonesty offences.

Judge Sean Morris rejected a plea that he should not be jailed.

The judge told Rayner “You have an horrendous record for dishonesty.

“You are a habitual burglar and have previous convictions for handling stolen goods.

“You can’t keep your hands off other people’s property.”

Edna Leonard, defending, said that after release from his latest jail sentence Rayner appeared to be making progress.

She said he found work and went to live with his sister.

He began a drug treatment but then went off the rails when his medication was changed.