These are the faces of six criminals locked up for crimes linked to Merseyside this week.

Cases included a savage murderer who lured a teenager to his death after setting up a date on Grindr.

Judges dealt with a gang of laughing yobs, who stole a motability car from an OAP's home, then robbed a boy.

They heard about a 'forgetful' knifeman, whose excuse for carrying a blade was how much cannabis he smokes.

And a grinning burglar who thought he could profit during the coronavirus pandemic is now serving his own lockdown.

Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this week.

Daniel Thompson

Daniel Thompson was caught with a knife at Lime Street Station

Daniel Thompson was caught with a knife at Lime Street Station which he said he forgot he had because he smokes so much cannabis.

The self-confessed stoner, 31, of Botanic Road, Edge Hill, was wandering around with the blade in his backpack on Monday, March 23.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard he appeared "nervous" and was stopped by a plain clothes police officer on patrol, at around 11.55am.

Thompson was searched, and when the officer discovered a kitchen knife in his bag and arrested him, he replied: "I forgot it was there."

The kitchen knife Daniel Thompson had in his backpack at Liverpool Lime Street Station

Lucy Fitch-Adams, prosecuting, said: "He said he smokes a lot of cannabis and he forgot the knife was in his backpack."

Thompson, who has 15 previous convictions for 23 offences, dating back to 2006 when he was 17, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in public.

This was the second time he had been caught with a blade, meaning he was subject to a minimum sentence of six months, minus credit for his plea.

Thompson was also on licence at the time, which doesn't expire until January 2021, and is now awaiting a prison recall.

He was jailed for 21 weeks.

Jeffrey Dey

Jeffrey Dey, 30, from Wavertree, pleaded guilty to the burglary of The Richard John Blackler Wetherspoons pub in Great Charlotte Street

Jeffrey Dey had the smile wiped off his face after he was jailed for targeting a pub forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grinning burglar was caught by police just yards away from The Richard John Blackler, which he broke into during the early hours of Tuesday, March 24.

The Wetherspoons branch in Great Charlotte Street is one of a number of Liverpool city centre venues targeted in separate burglaries amid the lockdown.

Merseyside Police said 30-year-old Dey, of Langton Road, Wavertree, was found empty handed in the same street as the pub, at around 2am.

He pleaded guilty to burglary at Liverpool Magistrates' Court and was jailed for 26 weeks.

Detective Inspector Phil Atkinson said: "I hope this sentencing and other recent burglary arrests we've made gives some confidence to businesses and residents alike, during these very challenging times.

"We know that some businesses will be closed for a long period of time but our officers continue to patrol in the right areas, respond to reports, and put those people who think this is an opportunity to commit crime before the courts.

"The arrest of Dey was an excellent piece of police work which resulted in a burglar being swiftly detained and brought to justice.

"It was also the result of an online report received by a member of public, so keep coming forward and we'll work together to keep such positive results coming."

Brian Healless

Photo issued by Lancashire Police of 18-year-old Brian Healless who was jailed for a minimum of 24 years at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday for the murder of Alex Davies. Lancashire Police/PA Wire
Brian Healless, 18, who murdered 18-year-old Alex Davies, from Skelmersdale, in woods at Parbold Hill, near Ormskirk

Brian Healless murdered an innocent teen in a "savage" knife attack after targeting him on dating website Grindr.

A judge branded the 18-year-old "extremely dangerous" after he lured Alex Davies, from Skelmersdale, to a brutal death.

The evil killer stabbed his victim more than 100 times, battered and choked him, then buried his body under branches.

Healless even kept 18-year-old Alex's wallet, found in a tin hidden in his bedroom, as a "trophy" to mark his vicious attack.

And a court heard he may well have gone on to become a serial killer, after contacting four other gay men to arrange dates.

Murder victim Alex Davies, 18, from Skelmersdale

Defence lawyers argued the murderer's paranoid schizophrenia meant he had diminished responsibility for his attack on Alex.

But a jury heard he arranged to meet Alex, guided him to woods at Parbold Hill, near Ormskirk, then knifed him at least 128 times.

And jurors took less than an hour to find Healless guilty of murder, following a harrowing five-day trial.

Judge Mark Brown said: "You were messaging him on Grindr and Instagram for the purpose of meeting him at a remote location.

"You were undoubtedly setting him up to kill and you are a manipulative, calculating and devious person."

He added: "In my judgement, you are a cold blooded killer and this was a most brutal murder.

"Alex was a kind-hearted, gentle and hard-working young man who would never have harmed anyone.

"You lulled him to his death and executed the killing in a savage way."

David McLachlan, QC, prosecuting, said Healless had researched how to delete the memory from the Home Bargain worker's mobile phone.

He stole the victim's two devices - along with his watch, headphones, wallet and rucksack - before wiping them when he returned home.

A black handled kitchen knife used by murderer Brian Healless

Judge Brown said: "You stole Alex's property, which included a leather wallet, and perhaps the wallet and the phone were intended as trophies."

After killing Alex on April 29, 2019, the coldblooded teenager contacted four other men on Grindr and attempted to arrange meetings with them.

Judge Brown said: "There can be no doubt you were setting up the next victim to kill and it is extremely fortuitous you were arrested before anybody else suffered the same fate.”

"In my judgement you are an extremely dangerous person and although you have paranoid schizophrenia, the illness did not reduce your culpability in any significant way."

Healless, of Rylands Road, Chorley, was jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years.

Callum Carr, Lewis Carr and Jack O'Connor

Callum Carr, 22, of Amelia Close, Islington

Callum Carr, Jack O'Connor and Lennon Lowry stole a Nissan X-Trail in a cruel burglary from a woman who cares for her elderly mum.

They were later joined by Callum Carr's brother Lewis Carr, when they robbed a 16-year-old boy of an iPhone he was given for his birthday.

But when they tried to escape police, officers used a spiked stop stick to puncture two of the Nissan's tyres, then rammed it off the road.

Photos found on Callum Carr and Lowry's phones showed them and O'Connor sitting on the car roof, making hand gestures and smoking.

And a shameful video on 22-year-old Callum Carr's device showed the laughing yob in the car, asking his gang: "Who are we going to rob today boys?"

The car was taken when the home in Rivington Road, Wallasey was burgled, at around 5am, on August 21 last year.

Lowry, then 17, drove it through the Wallasey Tunnel to a Shell garage on Scotland Road, where O'Connor, 18, stole £31 of petrol, and they sped away.

Joined by Lewis Carr, 18, they headed to Woodland Road, Upton, where they robbed the boy, at around 10.30pm.

The victim was surrounded by the gang, one of whom pointed his hand out in his pocket, as if he had a knife.

Police tracked the Nissan through the Birkenhead tunnel to Islington, where they deployed a stop stick, chased the car at high speed through red lights, then brought it to a halt on Islington.

Jack O'Connor, 18, of Bridge Street, Birkenhead

Callum Carr claimed his comment on camera was about robbing cannabis dealers, but was found guilty after a trial of burglary, theft, robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.

The crook, of Amelia Close, Islington, has 27 convictions for 40 offences, dating back to when he was 11, including five counts of robbery or attempted robbery, and possessing a knife.

He was locked up for four years and 10 months, and banned from driving for 38 months.

O'Connor, of Bridge Street, Birkenhead, who has one conviction for possessing cannabis, admitted burglary, theft, making off without payment and aggravated vehicle taking. He was found guilty of robbery.

He was locked up for two years and eight months, and given a 25-month road ban.

Lewis Carr, 19, of Amelia Close, Islington

Lewis Carr, of Amelia Close, Islington, who has 10 convictions for 20 offences, admitted robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.

His rap sheet, dating back to when he was 13, includes arson, burglaries, robbery and attempted robbery, racially aggravated threatening behaviour and possessing a knife.

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He received 22 months in a young offenders institution, with a 20-month driving ban.

Lowry, 18, of Burns Avenue, Wallasey, admitted burglary, theft, making off without payment, robbery and dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced at a later date.