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Shocking photos show how a former teacher and Ofsted inspector fell from grace and became a heroin and crack cocaine addict who preyed on the elderly to feed her habit.
Elenor Proctor, 36, had been living a "thoroughly decent" life with a long-term partner, two daughters and an education consultancy business.
But she had been a "functioning addict" – using Class A drugs for over 15 years – whose life "just spiralled out of control" when her long-term relationship ended last year, a court heard.
Proctor met her boyfriend, self-confessed "smackhead" Patrick Nicholson, after she became homeless and they soon began targeting pensioners in Salford in a "despicable" burglary spree to feed their addiction.
She was jailed for four years and he was sentenced to eight years at Manchester Crown Court last week, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Judge Richard Mansell QC told Proctor during sentencing: "Yours is a salutary tale in the evils of drugs, and particularly heroin and crack cocaine.
The judge added: "For you this is a spectacular, but in many ways inevitable, fall from the life you once had, with a decent job and family, to being homeless on the street, to now facing a prison sentence."
Proctor, a university graduate from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, qualified as a teacher and Ofsted inspector, and ran her own business preparing primary schools for government inspections.
Her Facebook page states she was baptised after finding God last year.
It shows photos of her and her daughters on days out and holidays abroad in stark contrast to a police mugshot showing her dishevelled and haggard with smeared make-up.
Before she was jailed last week, Proctor told the judge "This isn’t me. I’m not a burglar. I lost everything in the space of a week.
"I just spiralled out of control. I have to say Mr Nicholson tried to help me. He didn’t try to coerce me or anything.
"We needed this Your Honour, or we would have ended up dead."
Defending Proctor, Mark Friend said: "This defendant went from a decent, well remunerated existence to the abuse of class A drugs and the commission of offences like this."
The court heard that Proctor met dad-of-four Nicholson, 34, when she ended up homeless after leaving her partner of 15 years.
In late March and early April, the pair targeted four homes in Eccles, and in one case approached an 83-year-old woman at a bus stop and told her there was a water leak nearby and her pipes had to be checked.
After letting the pair into her home, Nicholson, who had served a six-year prison sentence for attempted robbery, pretended to check the pipes and asked for payment.
They obtained her bank card and PIN, and withdrew £2,050 from a cash machine.
In a similar incident, Nicholson and Proctor, both of Wakefield, stole about £20,000 worth of jewellery from a 69-year-old man's safe, and tried to pawn it.
Many of the victims told police they were left so traumatised they no longer feel safe in their own homes, and the 83-year-old woman said she began to barricade herself in her home at night using stepladders, the court heard.
Proctor and Nicholson pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and two counts of fraud.
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