Pair of crooks arrested driving in wrong carriageway towing stolen caravan worth £19,000 on York Road in Leeds

Two men were arrested from a car on York Road after police stopped them as they towed a stolen caravan in the wrong carriageway

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 4:45 pm

Tom Shalloe and Benjamin Reid were arrested in the early hours of the morning after officers saw the vehicle being driven the wrong way on the A64 on July 6 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the two defendants were in a Kia Sorento which was being driven by Reid.

Reid had no driving licence and was uninsured.

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A64 York Road

Jessie Heggie, prosecuting, said the caravan, worth £19,000, had been stolen from a storage yard in Barnsley.

Miss Heggie said not much more was known about the offence and that both defendants were from the Derby area.

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Both defendants pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Reid, 41, of no fixed address, also pleaded guilty to having no insurance and no licence.

Christopher Aspinall, for Shalloe, of Normanton Road, Derby, said his client committed the offence to fund his drug addiction.

Mr Aspinall said Shalloe pleaded guilty to the offence at an early stage and was receiving support to address his drug problems.

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Michael Cane-Soothill, for Reid, said his client's offending was also linked to drugs.

The barrister said Reid is now drug-free and had written a letter to the court apologising for his offending.

Judge Batty adjourned sentencing Reid to allow time for a probation service report.

Reid will be sentenced in four weeks.