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Lancaster man jailed for handling van stolen from Carlisle

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN seen driving a vehicle which had been stolen from Carlisle the previous day has been jailed by a judge.

Lee Clark, 43, was sentenced at the city’s crown court today (FRI) having admitted four offences. These were handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and possession of class A crack cocaine.

The court heard a Ford Transit was stolen from a rural property close to Durdar, on the outskirts of Carlisle, on June 12.

The following day, that vehicle was spotted on a main road in Lancashire. Police tried to move in as it stopped at a red light. Clark ran off, discarding the drug as he did so, but police caught up with him.

Clark, of Sefton Drive, Lancaster, was found to be in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed previously for affray and offensive weapon possession charges.

Recorder Michael Murray jailed him for a total of 20 months, and imposed a two-year driving ban.

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