CCTV snaps criminal red-handed

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A householder with CCTV installed at his home watched as a man tried the handles of cars parked in the street.

Daniel Bell was first spotted by the householder as he tried the handle of the man’s wife’s car.

Bell, 21, of Station Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to interfering with a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to a 12 week curfew from 7.30pm to 7am and ordered to pay £85 costs with £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened in the early hours of August 13. Bell was with two other men but the witness described the defendant as the ringleader.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client had moved from the North East, to get away from bad influences there. He had kept out of trouble until this incident.