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Second of two brothers sentenced for Kendal business break-in

Carlisle Crown Court

[T]HE second of two brothers who burgled a Kendal scrap metal dealership has been sentenced by a judge.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how scrap metal, tools and cable worth thousands of pounds were snatched from a compound on the Beezon Road trading estate during the night of March 1 last year.

An angle grinder was used to remove a gate padlock before a vehicle was hot-wired and used to rip open a secure container with chains.

Police in Lancashire later stopped a vehicle containing Joseph Ridsdale, 20, and his 19-year-old sibling, Bradley. The elder brother was handed a suspended prison term by a judge last month having admitted burglary.

At the crown court today (FRI), Bradley Ridsdale – who was not present at that earlier hearing – was sentenced. He had a six-month custodial term suspended for 12 months for a burglary he also admitted, and must complete a three-month night-time curfew.

Recorder John Corless heard Bradley Ridsdale, of Hope Street, Accrington, had also been dealt with separately, at a previous court hearing, for dangerous driving which occurred as police attempted to stop the brothers’ vehicle hours after the Cumbrian crime.

Of the burglary, Recorder Corless said: “It is quite clear it was well planned, and items of some value were taken from Kendal Scrap Metal.”

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