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Man charged with West Cumbria village burglaries to stand trial

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN accused of involvement in the burglaries of three West Cumbria village homes has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Billy Joe Blacklock, 24, faces a total of four charges which arise out of incidents last month.

Three of these allege burglary and that Blacklock, along with another man, entered homes in the Croftfield Road, Inner Ling Road and Cape Road areas of Seaton, near Workington, on March 22.

A raft of personal belongings, including a wallet and contents, bags, a laptop computer and three e-cigarettes are said to have been stolen.

When he appeared in front of Judge Nicholas Barker, Blacklock pleaded not guilty to each of the burglary allegations.

He also denied the alleged theft of a lawnmower belonging to a man, also on March 22.

A trial date was fixed during a short hearing. This is due to start on October 26 and, it is estimated, will last around three days.

In the meantime, Blacklock, previously of Workington and latterly of no fixed address, was remanded in custody by Judge Barker.

Commenting last month amid reports of burglaries in the Seaton area, a Cumbria police spokesman said: “We would like to thank the residents of Seaton for their help with our enquiries.”

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