Wednesday, 29 October 2014


A burglar who raided Stage One three times in the space of 24 hours in August has been jailed. Matthew Denning of Bailey Street, Stapleford and his teenage accomplice later broke into a house in Norfolk Road, Long Eaton, and the Town Hall.
Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court sentenced Denning, 21, to prison for 15 months. His teenage partner in crime who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had already been handed a youth referral order after he pleaded guilty to the offences.
The Court heard that the pair broke into the function room of Stage One twice within an hour at around 8pm on Saturday August 9th removing bottles of spirits. They returned at tea time the following day and took more bottles of alcohol. At around midnight that evening, Sunday August 10th, they broke into a house in Norfolk Road, Long Eaton. The owner heard noises coming from his conservatory and went downstairs to see the defendant leaving through the conservatory door. He called the police who arrived and apprehended the defendants in a side alley. At about 2am on August 19th while on bail for these offences they broke into Long Eaton Town Hall. When the police arrived they escaped but the defendant was identified by a fingerprint left on a window.
Judge Stuart Rafferty said: “These offences are serious, you broke into Long Eaton Town Hall while on bail for burglaries you had done just a week before. But your enjoyment was cut down by the intervention of the law."