Birkby stone thieves tracked down by police dog appear in court

THREE men have appeared in court after stealing stone flags from a Birkby garden.

THREE men have appeared in court after stealing stone flags from a Birkby garden.

And they were tracked down by a police dog after trying to flee.

Christopher Day, 22, of Longfield Avenue in Dalton, Damien Fairburn, 24, of Bridge End in Brighouse, and Gavin Totton, 23, of Wakefield Road in Waterloo, were before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.

They admitted the theft from a property in Blacker Road North on June 30.

Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, said that the men were witnessed by a neighbour at the back-to-back house.

She called police after she saw them looking into one of the gardens and acting suspiciously.

Magistrates were told that police attended, including an officer with a police dog.

Ms Schofield said: “The dog picked up a scent.

“The three males were found hiding behind a wall and were out of breath as if they had been running.”

The men admitted taking nine stone flags from the unoccupied house.

They pleaded guilty to the offence on the day they had been due to stand trial at the Huddersfield court.

Ian Whiteley, representing all three, said: “There was some doubt whether the main prosecution witness was going to attend.

“That person has attended court and on that basis the defendants have all pleaded guilty.”

Magistrates adjourned the case to enable the preparation of a pre-sentence report on all three. They will be sentenced on September 24.

The men are banned from contacting a prosecution witness and entering Blacker Road North as part of their bail conditions.

 
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