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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Backbarrow Ironworks burglars could get jail sentences

THREE men have admitted breaking into a South Cumbrian ironworks.

Daryl Langhorn, Ian Tweedley and Neil Whitney all pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary with intent to steal from Backbarrow Ironworks when they appeared at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday, the day they had been due to stand trial.

Langhorn, 28, of Cleator Street, Dalton, Tweedley, 31, of Broughton Road, Dalton, and Whitney, 26, of Egerton Court, Barrow, carried out the offence on October 4 last year.

Miss Rachel Woods, prosecuting, said police were called to the unoccupied ironworks after a maintenance worker saw two men climb over a stone wall. Langhorn, Tweedley and Whitney were then caught and detained by police.

Langhorn accepted having entered the site with the intention to steal while Whitney accepted he had gone there to look for scrap metal. Mr Michael Murray, for Tweedley, said he had gone looking for steel to take.

The case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports to be compiled. All three defendants were granted bail until December 17.

Judge Stuart Baker told them: “Each of you is at risk of a prison sentence being imposed.”

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