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Crooks who committed South Cumbria crimes facing prison

Carlisle Crown Court

TWO crooks are facing prison for committing crimes in South Cumbria – including roles in a supermarket ATM “ram raid” bid.

James William Patton, 30, and 42-year-old Dean George Neasham appeared in the dock at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

They both admitted conspiracy to commit burglary, on November 17 last year, at a Spar shop in Grange-over-Sands. Neasham also pleaded guilty to burgling an address at Castle Oval in Kendal with intent to steal on November 21.

During a previous hearing at the crown court, Patton and Neasham had admitted two other crimes.

One is conspiring to steal a Daihatsu Fourtrak vehicle, and the other conspiracy to commit burglary at the Booths store in Milnthorpe. Both of these crimes were said to have been committed between November 24 and 26 last year.

Cumbria police launched a public appeal for information in the aftermath of the Booths incident, which was described as a “ram raid style burglary”.

“A vehicle was used to break into the store in the early hours of Saturday, November 25,” said a spokesman at the time, “and an attempt to steal the ATM within. The incident occurred between 1-15am and 1-30am.”

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case of Patton, of Scafell Gardens, Crook, County Durham, and Neasham, who has a custody address.

A provisional sentencing date was listed for December 17. Both defendants were remanded in custody in the meantime.

“It is obviously prison,” Judge Adkin observed of the likely punishment for the pair. “It is just a question of how long.”

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