Pub burglar ‘remembers nothing’

Police Helicopter in Action
Police Helicopter in Action

POLICE dog handlers were called out and the force helicopter scrambled when officers suspected a break in at a Fleetwood pub.

James Leyland-Hall is believed to have got into the Thomas Drummond pub on London Road by removing a fan in a toilet.

Earlier a member of the public had seen the 27-year-old, of Kent Street, Fleetwood, on the roof.

Tracey Yates, prosecuting, said police officers had surrounded the pub with Leyland-Hall inside.

Police dog teams were sent in and the door to a toilet was found locked from the inside.

When the door was opened the intruder had vanished but he was seen later by the crew of the helicopter hiding behind some gas canisters, near the beer garden.

Leyland-Hall was interviewed by police and said he could remember nothing apart from waking up in the cells.

David Charnley, defending, said: “This is unusual because there was no damage carried out by my client, nothing was stolen and no alcohol drunk. He is a former soldier who served his country in Iraq and had experiences there which affected him.”

Leyland-Hall, who was found guilty of burglary at an earlier trial, was placed on 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £250 costs.

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