Leeds nostalgia: Leeds stolen gold sold for £200

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GIVEN how big and heavy televisions used to be - that is, before someone decided they should be all thinner than your average ironing board - it’s a wonder burglars ever even bothered to put in the effort to steal them.

The same goes for a lot of things, like typewriters for example, which back in the day weighed a fair bit too.

Still, that didn’t stop thieves making off with one (and many other items) from a Leeds shop back in 1945.

A report in the Yorkshire Evening Post for Saturday October 6 related to a court case in Leeds in which one Charles Christopher Hagan, 48, of Peareth Street, Gateshead, admitted to breaking into a the Charm antique shop in Great George Street.

The report said Hagan scaled a drainpipe before smashing a window to release the catch, thereafter “ransacking the place” and making off with 15 gold lockets, 11 gold chains, 64 gold seals, 36 gold bracelets, 90 gold brooches, 73 rings, 14 pairs of earrings, two clocks, a typewriter and some gold coins.

Hagan was later detained in Gateshead by Newcastle-upon-Tyne police and admitted the theft and in a statement, said: “I have admitted the job and sold the stuff for £200 but I don’t know who the man was. I sold it to him the same morning I broke in. I asked for £500 but he only gave me £200.”

Meanwhile, in other news, Leeds Bridge was being repainted and a farmer in Ilkley was issued with a writ by his local council after his sheep repeatedly came down from the moors and invaded people’s gardens.

Sheep were pictured roaming along Panorama Drive.

The local council cited various injunctions already in place designed to restrain the sheep and warned the farmer accordingly.