Men jailed for theft of tragic Leeds girl’s photos

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Two burglars have been jailed after they stole treasured photographs of a Leeds girl who died seven years ago.

The pictures of Lucy-Mai Sanderson, who was only two and a half when she passed away, were on a hard-drive and laptop which were stolen from parents’ home in January. Dean and Anne-Marie Sanderson only discovered the break-in at their address in Garforth the following morning.

The burglars jemmied their way through a double glazed window of the utility room to steal the items including the photographs which were being transferred from one device to the other. Heather Gilmore prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court that CCTV captured two figures who were later identified by officers as Mark Priest, 37, of Church Lane, Garforth, and Jamie Ridgeway, 28, of Willow Grove, Kippax.

Mr Sanderson described in a statement to the court how the burglary had not only had financial implications it also impacted on their young son who was afraid to sleep alone.

He said for the burglars “it was just another break in to them, but one that will live with us for a long time to come.”

The court heard both Priest and Ridgeway, who were jailed for 40 months, had previous convictions for burglary.

Rob Morrow for Priest said he wanted to “apologise unreservedly” to the family and Jayne Dodson for Ridgeway said he had started offending young and he was ashamed at his actions.