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Britain’s most prolific criminal is back in prison after racking up 515 offences

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Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Britain's most prolific criminal is back in prison after racking up 515 offences
Patrick Ryan has racked up more than 500 offences over the last 50 years (Picture: MEN)

A man with a criminal record longer than your arm is behind bars again after launching a drunken tirade at people on a tram in Manchester.

Patrick Ryan, 62, has racked up 404 criminal convictions from 515 offences over his life.

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It is believed that his offending has cost the taxpayer something in the region of £3,000,000 with his frequent trips to prison and the amount of police time he’s taken up.

His latest conviction was spurred by an incident on the Metrolink in Manchester on October 20.

He sat opposite a woman who described him as being ‘clearly’ drunk and she began to speak to him.

Britain's most prolific criminal is back in prison after racking up 515 offences
Ryan was eventually arrested at Piccadilly where he became abusive to police officers (Picture: Getty)

Prosecutor John Kennerley said that the conversation ‘quickly turned unpleasant’ with Ryan shouting at ‘how people hate the Irish’.

He then started shouting inappropriate words and told other passengers to fuck off.

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Staff intervened and when he was unable to produce a ticket he continued to shout and swear.

The woman who initially spoke to him said that she feared he would punch or headbutt her during the 25-minute ordeal which only ended when he was arrested at Manchester Piccadilly.

Mr Kennerley said: ‘I understand [Ryan] is the most heavily convicted individual in this jurisdiction’, he added.

Man with 400 convictions back in jail for drunk rant at tram passengers
He was jailed for 12 months at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)

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The majority of Ryan’s offences have been for fraudulently getting food and drink at restaurants.

Defending, Charlotte Johnson said Ryan’s past is a ‘sad case from start to finish’.

She said he started drinking aged 13 after his brother died in a motorcycle accident, and that offending started shortly after.

Ryan is now ‘apologetic’ and ‘ashamed’ about his behaviour, Ms Johnson added.

Sentencing Ryan to 12 months in prison, Judge Martin Walsh said: ‘You are 62 years of age and have a remarkable antecedent history, of the like that I doubt no judge has encountered before.’

The judge described Ryan as a ‘chronic alcoholic’ and a ‘persistent public nuisance’.

Ryan, of Fox Street, Preston, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to two public order offences, and one breaching the terms of a sex offenders’ order by failing to register his address.

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