Cuffed burglar shouted 'see you' and escaped to woods

A man ran off from police and hid in woods near his home after he was arrested for burglary, a court heard.

Cuffed burglar shouted 'see you' and escaped to woods

John Richards had been traced by police after he stole a computer from a museum in Ludlow in October this year.

The 39-year-old self-employed photographer had been hand-cuffed before he ran away shouting "see you" to the officers who gave chase, but lost him.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court, Richards was given an eight-month prison sentence, which was suspended for a year.

Judge Peter Barrie said that Richards' brazen escape from lawful custody was a serious offence but he took into account that the defendant had been in custody for the past six weeks. He said he was aware that Richards had an implacable hostility towards the police because of a sense of injustice over the way he had been dealt with in the past.

The court heard that there was a history between Richards' family and the police in recent years which had been featured on a television programme.

At court on Thursday Richards was also given 12 months supervision with the probation service and told he must attend a rehabilitation programme and complete 100 hours of unpaid work. He had admitted burglary, escaping custody and possession of cannabis.

Mr David Bennett, prosecuting, said in October Richards went into the Assembly Rooms in Mill Street, Ludlow, hiding there until they closed and later searching rooms and taking a Samsung tablet. He left by a fire escape.

Mr Bennett said that, unknown to the defendant, the machine was fitted with a tracker device and police traced it to Richards' address at The Cliff Park at Dinham, where he had hidden it in a garden shed.

It was as Richards was being arrested that he made his escape and spent two days in woods. When he was found and searched officers found he was in possession of small amount of cannabis.

Mr Kevin Saunders, for Richards, said his client's escape was unsophisticated and opportunist, and it stemmed from his family's history with the police.

Sorry, we are not accepting comments on this article.

Top Stories

More from the Shropshire Star

UK & International News