A BURGLAR has been banned from entering Barnoldswick for 10 years.

David Driver, 37, admitted conspiracy to commit commercial burglaries in the town centre when he appeared at Burnley Crown Court last Wednesday.

He raided ten businesses and an adjacent house between March and October last year.

Investigating officers PC Vicki Jones and PC April Butcher said: "The burglaries had a massive impact on the independent businesses within the town."

Driver, of Farholme Lane, Stacksteads, was sentenced to six years imprisonment, with a 12-month sentence for a domestic burglary to run concurrently.

He was also served with a criminal anti-social behaviour order, which prevents him from entering the geographic boundaries of Barnoldswick for a period of 10 years.

"We would like to put residents' minds at rest and reassure them that justice has been done," said the investigating officers.

Two other defendants, Ashleigh Fell and her partner Ryan Raby, both from Pennine Road, Bacup, were sentenced for conspiring to handle the stolen goods supplied by Driver. Both were jailed for 18 months.