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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Two would-be burglars tracked by police helicopter using heat seeking equipment

Michael Crosdale

Two would-be burglars tracked by police helicopter using heat seeking equipment

TWO men disturbed trying to burgle a Bradford house at night were arrested after they were tracked by the police helicopter using heat seeking equipment.
Michael Crosdale and Aiden Bairstow fled from outside an address in The Covet, Apperley Bridge, when a woman shouted at them from a bedroom window, Bradford Crown Courtheard yesterday.
They had arrived in the area in a white Transit van found to contain a torch, gloves, a screwdriver and a hammer.
Crosdale, 21, of Valley View, Baildon, was flushed out from bushes by a police dog. A black balaclava found nearby had his DNA on it.
Bairstow, 22, of Flawith Drive, Fagley, Bradford, threw away his shoes and trousers, and the keys to the van, as he ran off.
Both men pleaded guilty to going equipped for burglary.
Crosdale, who was on licence for a sentence of conspiracy to burgle, and on bail for dangerous driving, was jailed for a total of 20 months.
Bairstow was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with 200 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity requirement with the probation service.
Prosecutor Kathryn Stuckey said Crosdale was pursued by the police in the Ravenscliffearea of Bradford when they saw him driving with a flat tyre at 1.25pm on April 16 last year.

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