Joyride toy factory burglars ‘bit bored’

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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Burglars who raided a toy factory drove vehicles around it like bumper cars because they were “bored”, a judge heard.

Three burglars commandeered a car, a van and a forklift to crash into each other and other property on the main floor of the Casdon toy factory on Cornford Road, Mereside.

Two of the three appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford at Blackpool Magistrates Court – the third remains on the run.

The pair, Joshua McGoran, 18, of Erdington Road, South Shore, and Kevin Cardwell, 18, of Salthouse Avenue, South Shore, each admitted using the identity of the Casdon

director to buy goods online.

McGoran further admitted burgling the Casdon factory and stealing a credit card, cameras and foreign currency, using the cash card to fraudulently buy a laptop.

Accomplice Cardwell also admitted burgling Casdon.

And McGoran also set up an internet scam using eBay to con a man out of £1,300, admitting a charge of fraud for using the website to sell a non-existent laptop.

McGoran told police officers he had gone into the factory after finding the front door unsecure and was a “bit bored” at the time.

Defending him, Peter Cave, said: “This is an intelligent young man and it is difficult to understand why he committed these offences.

“He did commit fraud but never expected what he did to be successful.”

Graphic designer Cardwell told the judge: “It was stupid and I am extremely sorry.

“I have let myself down.”

Sentencing the duo, the judge said: “You have escaped going straight to prison by the skin of your teeth.”

McGoran, who was due to start a college course, was sentenced to 10 months at a Youth Custody unit, suspended for a year.

He was placed on a year’s supervision and ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community.

He was further ordered to pay £804 compensation to his victims.

Cardwell was sentenced to six months custody suspended for a year, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and placed on 12 month supervision.

He must repay his victims £250.