TWO people have been convicted of stealing alcohol from shops in the Bradford district over the past month, while a further five have appeared in court for the offence.

Six of the people were called before Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court on charges of alcohol theft, three of the cases have since been adjourned, while the outcome of one case is unknown at present, as is a further case being heard in Sussex.

The two others have been sentenced, copping a community order and fines for their lawless behaviour.

Michael Christopher Seed, of Railway Road, Ilkley, pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of booze worth £53 from the Tesco in Springs Lane, Ilkley, on January 17.

The 32-year-old stole a bottle of whiskey and one of Cognac, and also admitted assaulting a woman at the Tesco store on the same day by beating her.

In court on April 16, Seed was handed a community order comprising two weeks on electronic tag at his address with a 6am-7pm curfew, and also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and costs of £85.

Also sentenced was 18-year-old Marshall Coakley, of Harewood Road, Keighley, who admitted stealing alcohol to an unknown value from the Lidl supermarket in Halifax.

Sentenced on April 27, Coakley was slapped with an £80 fine and ordered to pay £14.99 compensation, a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £85 by magistrates.

Two youths saw their hearings adjourned by the courts, and both cannot be named due to their ages.

The first, aged 15, allegedly stole booze from Lidl in Halifax, and his case has been adjourned to later this month.

The second, a 16-year-old, also stole booze from Halifax’s Lidl. He pleaded guilty but his sentencing has been adjourned until later this month by the court.

James John Richardson, 35, of no fixed abode, appeared in court on April 26 and pleaded not guilty to three separate offences of stealing alcohol from the Sainsburys store in Keighley on April 19 and April 23.

Its alleged he committed three different acts of theft at the supermarket, with a total value of £410. He pleaded not guilty and elected a summary trial, and was remanded in custody ahead of the trial due to take place this month.

Kate McCarthy, 31, of Simmons Court, Leeds, appeared on May 5 charged with an alleged stealing spree in Ilkley over three days in February.

It’s alleged McCarthy targeted Booths Superstore in Leeds Road four times, stealing alcohol with a total value of £1,348.50. Her hearing was due to take place on May 5 but no outcome is yet available.

Also appearing, but this time at Crawley Magistrates’ Court, was Molly Chadburn, of Springfield Place, Bradford.

The 24-year-old from Bradford allegedly burgled Southfarm Food and Wine store in Worthing, stealing alcohol and £60 in cash on August 10 last year. She had been due before court on April 13 but the case was adjourned to May 5, and as yet no outcome has been resolved.