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Burglar disrupts Coventry trains by fleeing from police along rail line

Correspondent 14th Mar, 2017

A BURGLAR who caused disruption to Coventry rail services by running along the track as he tried to get away from the police has been jailed.

Brandon Taylor pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of burglary, being carried in a car taken without consent, and obstructing an engine or carriage on a railway.

Taylor (18) who is from Coventry but of no fixed address, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ detention.

The court heard that at some time during the night on December 21, Taylor and others broke into a garage at a house in Marlon Road, Coventry, and stole a quad bike.

CCTV from a nearby house showed Taylor leaving with the quad bike and making efforts to start it, before abandoning it when he was unsuccessful.

Just after midnight on January 4 a house in Nunts Lane was burgled by intruders getting in through a conservatory window, and children’s clothing and car keys were taken.

One of the keys was then used to steal a Citroen C4 from outside the house, and the householder later had a call from the police saying the car had been involved in a crash and was probably a write-off.

Taylor was linked to the raid after forensic officers found his fingerprint at the point of entry.

Two days later, again in the early hours of the morning, a house in Geoffrey Close, Barras Heath, was entered through the front door, which the occupiers had left closed but unlocked.

While the victim and his housemate were asleep upstairs, the intruders carried out a search downstairs before escaping with a Playstation and other electrical items.

But the police obtained a CCTV recording from a nearby house and were able to identify Taylor as one of the burglars.

There was a burglary at a house in The Barley Lea, in Stoke, Coventry, in the early hours of January 16, during which a Volvo S40 was taken.

Taylor’s not guilty plea to taking part in that raid was accepted, but at 8.20pm that evening he was one of four occupants in the car when it was seen by officers in an unmarked police car.

They followed it, and when it stopped, the driver and his passengers piled out and ran off, with Taylor running along the nearby railway track, causing a disruption to the train service.

Prosecutor Ian Ball added that Taylor had ‘a significant antecedent history going back to 2014,’ including offences of burglary and attempted burglary.

Aadhithya Anbahan, defending, said: “He has spent a significant period of his later teens in custody, and he’s someone who struggles when he’s released back into the community.

“He had been residing in a hostel following his release from his last sentence and mixing with older men with whom he committed the offences.

“He offers his sincere apologies for his actions, and he’s told me ‘I need to start thinking before acting.’”

Sentencing Taylor, Recorder Kevin Hegarty QC told him: “The most serious offence is the burglary of a dwelling at night when the occupier was at home asleep upstairs.

“You were one of three burglars, and that was the third burglary you had involved yourself in in the course of just a few weeks.”

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