A gang of teens who went on a crime spree have been locked up.

Two of the thieves ‘petrified’ a young mum and her baby when she found them standing in her Accrington home.

The trio, who struck at several homes during a single night, also managed to crash a stolen car into a motorway embankment and steal a bag containing the ashes of a former Accrington magistrate during their crime spree last April.

All three were sent to a young offenders institution.

Notorious young criminal Charlie Green, 18, known as ‘Chips’ and prolific offender Joel Ludlam, 18, of Westgate, Burnley, carried out their crimes with a teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Prosecutor Mark Lamberty told Burnley Crown Court the spree began with a night time raid at Lime Street in Accrington, on April 20.

The trio entered the home of Kathryn Gibson and stole the ashes of her late husband Robert, as well as toiletries, an iPod and car keys.

They then entered a house at Pilot Street, Accrington, and helped themselves to £170 cash and keys to a Suzuki car parked on the driveway.

Charlie Green (left) and Joel Ludlam
 

When the blood of all three defendants was found in the car, it became clear they had driven it into the embankment of the M65, causing ‘significant’ damage, Mr Lamberty said. Later the next morning two further houses in Burnley and Padiham were hit with electronic equipment, a car and a Rolex watch stolen.

Two days later, a woman and her two-year-old baby returned to their home on Queens Street West, Accrington, when they were confronted by two men making a loud ‘roar’, one of whom was brandishing a large stick.

She barricaded herself in her front room and later discovered the burglars had stolen two laptops, two cameras and £1,270 cash.

All three defendants admitted three counts of burglary, and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle. Green, of Briercliffe Road, Burnley, and the underage defendant also pleaded guilty to a further burglary and aggravated burglary.

Recorder Peter Atherton sentenced Green and the underage offender to three years each in a young offenders institution. Ludlam was sentenced to 40 months in a young offenders institution.

The recorder said the burglaries were ‘major life events’ for the victims who had suffered ‘much distress’ as a result. He added: “Each of these young men come from broken families and the absence of parenting has had devastating consequences for them and for the victims of their many offences committed throughout their childhoods and adolescences.”