Pair remanded in custody

TWO Bridlington men have been remanded in prison after admitting handling stolen goods shortly after two burglaries on separate homes in the resort.

Craig Wilcox, 33, of The Promenade and Jonathan Goodyear, 26, of Kingston Road, had both denied charges of two offences of burglary and elected to go to trial.

The allegations were they burgled a property on Third Avenue, Bridlington, on August 26 last year and the second was a burglary at a property in Kingston Road, Bridlington, on August 28.

On the eve of their trial at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday **Feb 8** they still denied the burglaries.

However, both pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, namely two DVDs belonging to Christine Norton and Wii games and a console belonging to Jonathan Cooper.

Goodyear also pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary at New Street, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, on August 15. Wilcox admitted a charge of arson by setting alight a mattress in a cell.

Judge Michael Mettyear said: “They were both very recently in possession of goods after a burglary.”

Crown barrister Nicholas Adlington said the charges of burglary were not to be pursued following a decision at a senior level by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Nigel Clive, for Wilcox, asked for a pre-sentence report.

He said Wilcox had served a sentence for drug offences and there was much the probation service could say about his progress on a drug rehabilitation order.

Barrister Adam Birkby, for Goodyear, said: “He too suffers from heroin addiction and would benefit from a pre-sentence report.”

Judge Michael Mettyear agreed the case should be adjourned for reports on March 14.

Both men were remanded in custody.