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Three admit roles in North Cumbria filling station shop burglary plot

Carlisle Crown Court

THREE men have admitted being involved in a criminal agreement after a north Cumbria filling station shop was burgled in the dead of night.

Romanian nationals Ionut Madalin Iosif, 38, Gheorghe Bratianu, 33, and 31-year-old Leonard Cristea were warned they are facing “significant” prison sentences for their roles the break-in.

This is said to have occurred at the White Close Gate filling station shop, Brampton Old Road, between Carlisle and Houghton, between around midnight and 1am on November 6.

When the three men appeared at the city’s crown court earlier today (MON), they each admitted one charge of conspiracy to commit burglary.

No details about the crime were given during the short hearing, which was adjourned by Judge Julie Clemitson for the preparation of probation service background reports.

Iosif and Bratianu, both of Rodsley Avenue, Gateshead, and Cristea, of Claremont South Avenue, Gateshead, are due to be sentenced for their criminal conduct at the crown court on January 17, and were remanded in custody in the meantime.

“You should understand,” Judge Clemitson told the men, “that in each of your cases the most likely outcome is a significant custodial sentence.”

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