Jail for bike thief who crashed into bollard

Police in Harrogate
Police in Harrogate

A man who crashed into a bollard in Harrogate before fleeing the scene has been jailed after police discovered a cache of stolen bikes in his abandoned car.

Police on routine patol in Harrogate in the early hours of Monday, November 17, tried to stop the driver of car who then crashed into a bollard before making off on foot.

Searching the car, officers found three bikes, worth about £2,750, which had been reported stolen from Harrogate the previous day. The bikes were returned to their rightful owner.

This week, Bolton man Anthony Stephen Copeland was jailed after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods, two counts of dangerous driving and possessing a class B drug.

He had been caught after national media appeals were issued, and he was arrested in Manchester on January 27 – having again failed to stop and crashing his vehicle.

The 27-year-old, of Farnworth, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court thi week to 15 and 8 months’ imprisonment for the driving offences, and 15 months’ for the handling offence, to run concurrently.

DC Quita Passmore, of Harrogate CID, said: “I am pleased that Copeland has been handed a significant prison sentence that reflects the serious nature of his offending.

“This case highlights our commitment to tracking down and bringing offenders to justice, and residents can be reassured that we will relentlessly pursue criminals who travel to North Yorkshire intent on committing crime.”