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Thieves stole cable from Burnley factory
3:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
YOUNG burglars carried 120 rolls of cable out of a Burnley engineering firm after battering a hole in the factory wall, a court heard.
Martin Creighton, 23, and John Gavin, 18, drove off with around £4,600 of cabling from premises on the Smallshaw industrial estate, Burnley Crown Court was told.
At around 11.50pm on July 8, traffic police were on patrol along the M65 when they pulled over a Citroen Relay van, after running a check on the vehicle and finding it had no insurance.
But when officers approached the van, two men got out and ran away towards Accrington Golf Club, said prosecutors.
The two men - Creighton and Gavin - were detained on moorland later but the burglary at the engineering firm was only reported the next day.
Judge Beverley Lunt told the court that a sledge hammer was also found in the van when it was impounded by police.
“The van was full. It must have taken some time to steal all this cabling. It is a massive theft,” added the judge.
Creighton, of Grisdale Crescent, and Gavin, of Leighton Street, both Preston, each admitted burglary and were given 12 month prison sentences, suspended for 12 months.