A TOTAL of 16 people have appeared in court in Bradford during the past few weeks on burglary charges across the Bradford district.

All 16 were summoned to Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court on the charges during April and May.

Of the 16, eight have been sent to Bradford Crown Court for their trials to continue.

Nine have admitted their crimes, having been found guilty or indicated a guilty plea; six have either pleaded not guilty or not indicated how they will plea, and a warrant has been arrested for one.

First up was Luke Hanley, 22, of Arden Road, Allerton, who appeared on a single burglary charge on April 14.

It’s alleged Hanley, with another person, stole an unknown amount of cash and a lighter from a house in Spring Holes Lane, Thornton, on July 30, 2019.

He pleaded not guilty, and was due to appear at Bradford Crown Court today for his trial, having been granted unconditional bail.

Also appearing on April 14 was Andrew Brockhill of Lindholme Gardens, Allerton, who changed his not guilty plea to guilty.

The 39-year-old admitted stealing the keys to a Vauxhall Zafira from Elsie Russell Florist in Shipley on December 9, 2019. He had already pleaded guilty to taking the car without consent, as well as driving without insurance and without a valid licence.

He was handed a community order made up of a 16 week electronically tagged curfew between 7pm and 7am and a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £90, costs of £85, and was handed eight penalty points to his driving licence.

Next up was Renee Pearson, 41, of Valley Road, Ilkley, who admitted one count of burglary in court on April 16.

Pearson pleaded guilty to burgling Jefferson Buckley Hairdressing in Brook Street, Ilkley, on February 25, stealing hair products and styling items with a total value of £3,059.

She has been bailed with a 10pm to 7am curfew until her sentencing hearing on June 7, and also banned from entering Brook Street.

Due to appear on April 20 was 21-year-old Reece Hardaker, of Westcombe Court, Wyke, who failed to turn up.

Hardaker allegedly stole an electric bike and a mountain bike worth almost £11,000 from an address in Brighouse on September 26-27, 2020. He is also accused of failing to surrender to custody in Halifax on November 1, 2020. A warrant was issued for Hardaker’s arrest without bail.

Also on April 20, three men appeared on aggravated burglary charges, with their case sent straight to Bradford Crown Court with no pleas entered.

It’s alleged Benjamin Thompson, 28, and Gavin Thompson, 49, both of Snape Street, Keighley, together with James Dyson, 28, of Parkwood Street, Keighley, entered a property in Mannville Walk armed with baseball bats and inflicted grievous bodily harm on a man on April 18.

Dyson and the older Thompson also allegedly committed assault by beating, criminal damage – Dyson damaging a window and Thompson a television – and obstructing police on the same date, while the younger Thompson is also accused of dangerous driving and drink driving – at more than double the legal limit.

Their case has been sent to Bradford Crown Court to appear on May 18, and all three were bailed with 7pm to 7am curfews and restrictions from entering Mannville Walk and contacting certain people.

Also sent to Bradford Crown Court was Sam Morley, of Dean Road Wibsey, who appeared in court on April 21.

Morley, 31, allegedly stole electrical items, e-cigarette components, trainers and car keys from an address in Chapek Street between September and October 2019, and is also charged with theft of a Peugeot and dangerous driving.

No plea was given during the hearing, and Morley was granted unconditional bail to appear at Bradford Crown Court on May 19.

Luke Patchett was found guilty of six offences during a trial at Magistrates on April 22, as well as admitting one further offence.

The 31-year-old, of Kingsdale Crescent, Bolton, Bradford, was found guilty of entering a house in Hutton Hall Drive, Eccleshill, with intent to steal on February 25, as well as stealing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from a car in the same street, a bank card from another car, and a bottle of aftershave from a car in Deanery Gardens, Eccleshill, and two offences of interference with a car in Hutton Hall Drive.

He also admitted possession of cannabis on the same date. Magistrates jailed Patchett for a total of 25 weeks for his offending and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

On April 26, two men from Rastrick pleaded guilty to a burglary on a newsagents on February 6.

Jonathan Helm, 30, of Lower Edge Road, Rastrick, and Christopher Peel, 36, of Arnold Royd, Rastrick, entered The Paper Shop in Halifax and stole cigarettes, scratch cards and cash to the value of £702.

They will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on May 24, and are both on unconditional bail.

Also appearing on April 26 was a 16-year-old from the district, who cannot be named due to his age.

The boy pleaded guilty to three charges, including one of burglary at an address in Central Avenue, Shipley, where he stole car keys, a Dell laptop, Guess sunglasses and an Audi Q3 on December 7, 2020.

He also admitted driving without insurance or a licence when he was caught behind the wheel of a vehicle in Burnley, Lancashire, and has been bailed to be sentenced by magistrates on May 24, subject to an electronically tagged 6pm to 6am curfew.

Pleading guilty on April 28 was Andrew Penney, 32, of Bierley House Avenue, Bierley, to charges of burglary and theft.

Penney admitted stealing a £1,000 at the Esso petrol station in Rooley Lane on July 29, 2020, and also admitted burglary and theft on December 22, 2020 at the same petrol station, when he trespassed into the store room and stole two boxes of crisps, and also stole four chocolate bars, a can of Monster, a pair of gloves and an iPhone 7 to a value of £169.58.

He will next appear before magistrates in Kirklees on August 18.

Scott Ross, 31, of Sandhill Mount, Thorpe Edge, appeared on April 29 on a raft of offences allegedly committed during April.

Ross pleaded not guilty to burglary, when he allegedly broke into Newlands Furniture Store in Idle on April 15 and stole a laptop. He also denied possessing a Stanley knife at Bradford Royal Infirmary on April 27, but admitted resisting arrest on that date.

He is also charged with burglary at a house in Sandholme Drive, Thorpe Edge, when it’s alleged he stole a Thomas Sabo watch, HP laptop, Shark vacuum cleaner, perfume, shoes, champagne, a GHD hair diffuser, hedge strimmer and two Samsung mobile phones, and no plea was indicated.

Ross has been remanded into custody ahead of his trial which is due to take place on May 27 at Bradford Crown Court.

On April 30, Damian Ciszewski admitted one count of burglary and was handed a community order.

The 26-year-old, of Claremont in Bradford city centre, trespassed in a flat in nearby Howard Street, where he stole a checked Messenger bag, computer parts, Acer laptop, HP laptop, HP mobile phone, two sets of Apple Airpods, a red Adidas jacket and a black watch on June 27, 2020.

Ciszewski was handed a six month 7pm to 7am curfew monitored by electronic tag and a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement, and was also ordered to pay a £95 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The final burglar who appeared before the courts was Philip Gibb, 39, of Greenlea Avenue, Yeadon.

He admitted burgling Jefferson Buckley Hairdressing in Brook Street, Ilkley, with Renee Pearson, on February 25, stealing £3,059 worth of hair products and styling items.

Gibb is next due at court with Pearson on June 7 and has been bailed with a 10pm to 7am curfew to stay at Pearson’s address in Ilkley.