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Britain's 'most prolific offender' with 400 convictions is jailed again

The judge said Ryan had a record "the like that I doubt no judge has encountered before.” Photo: MEN Media

A man known as Britain’s ‘most prolific offender’ has been jailed after launching a drunken tirade at people on a Manchester tram.

Patrick Ryan, who's 62, has more than 400 convictions following more than 500 offences, Manchester Crown Court heard.

It is estimated that his offending has cost the taxpayer around £3m in prison and police costs.

Ryan, of Fox Street, Preston, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to two public order offences. Credit: MEN Media

Ryan’s latest clash with the law came after he verbally abused two women on the Metrolink on October 20, and became aggressive towards tram staff.

Prosecutor John Kennerley said Ryan has an "extremely lengthy criminal record", with 403 previous convictions from 515 offences.

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" - and that he is now ashamed of his behaviour.

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.”

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.