Serial offender behind bars

Cieran Bamford
Cieran Bamford

A YOUNG Knaresborough man who vandalised the Castle Yard public toilets has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Cieran Anthony Bamford, 20, of Halfpenny Lane, was sentenced for a total of 11 charges when he appeared before Leeds Crown Court last Friday.

A total of £644 of damage was caused when he damaged Knaresborough toilets on April 15, 2010, breaking toilet seats, toilet roll dispensers and a door frame.

Bamford had pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing in Harrogate, along with a total of 10 other charges of theft, burglary, attempted burglary, robbery and attempted burglary.

On June 8, he took a television and a laptop from a friend’s home in Bond End, while the friend was asleep on the sofa. Overnight on June 8, he entered a property in Kingsley Road, Harrogate, and took a 42inch television and a Playstation 3, while on June 14 he broke into a property in Stonefall Place and took a laptop, five watches, two cameras, a weather station, some outdoor sports equipment and loose change.

An attempted burglary followed at Oliver’s Fish Restaurant in Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, in the early hours of June 18, but the alarm sounded and nothing was taken.

On July 24 Bamford, along with another man, robbed Robert Cassell after taking him to a cash machine in Bower Road, Harrogate.

The court heard the pair threatened to kill Mr Cassell unless he gave them his bank card and pin number, then pushed him to the floor and kicked him repeatedly to the head and body, before taking £100 in cash, a mobile phone, passport, wallet, bank cards and a key. Mr Cassell was left with a fractured right cheek, bruising and swelling to the left cheek, a bloody nose and scratches and bruising to the arm.

In the early hours of August 1, Bamford took a set of rosary beads from Blair Scott in Cold Bath Road, and he later threatened Andrew Williamson with a knife, asking for money.

Ten minutes later, he approached a couple walking through the centre of Harrogate. After they refused to give him cash, he pulled out a knife and threatened the couple. They called the police and Bamford was arrested the following day.

Defence barrister Tom Storey said: “He has fully reached a stage in his life where he wishes to put all of his offending behaviour behind him and to start afresh.

“As long ago as September he was expressing remorse for his behaviour, not making excuses and saying he couldn’t believe how stupid he had been.”

He said Bamford’s past behaviour had been largely down to using drink and drugs, which had stopped while he was on remand.

Acknowledging his early guilty plea and the remorse he had shown, Judge Rodney Grant said: “I also give you credit for the fact that you have used the time you have been on remand usefully.

“Part of that has counted towards my deciding I’m not going to deal with you by way of an indeterminate sentence as a dangerous individual.”

He sentenced Bamford to a total of four years in prison, less the time he has spent on remand since September.