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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Pair tried to steal from Carlisle shop just weeks after prison release

Two bungling thieves admitted attempting to steal clothing from a shop just weeks after being released from prison.

Martin John Bainbridge, 28, had been released from prison on March 5, while William Quayle, 37, of Crummock Avenue, Whitehaven, had been released on Thursday, March 1.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that both men were in TK Maxx, Fisher Street, Carlisle, on Wednesday trying to steal clothes.

When they tried to remove security tags from hooded tops, ink leaked on to the clothing which was no longer in “saleable condition”.

Geoff Lockerbie, defending, said they did not have a network of support upon their release and had both found themselves short of money.

The court heard from Stuart Pattinson, prosecuting, that Bainbridge had previously committed a large number of dishonesty offences from shoplifting through to burglary.

Quayle, however, had not been convicted of an offence since 2002, for which he had been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

He was given a six-month community supervision order and also ordered to pay £85 in costs.

Meanwhile, Bainbridge was ordered to pay total court costs of £209.99.

The probation service did not believe he was suitable for a supervision order because they had no address for him and had been unable to contact his mother.

Both men were also instructed to pay compensation for the clothing they had attempted to steal.

The top damaged by Bainbridge was worth £19.99 while the top damaged by Quayle was worth £24.99.

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