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Trio jailed over Goldenhill house crash

Three people are today starting prison sentences for their involvement in a lorry being stolen and deliberately driven into a family home in Stoke-on-Trent.

Two others have received suspended sentences in relation to the incident in Goldenhill in November 2015.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard a house in Broadfield Road sustained significant structural damage after a stolen skip loader was repeatedly rammed into it. The lorry was in convoy with at least two other vehicles which contained several other suspects.

Six vehicles parked in the road were also damaged.

The occupants of the property were uninjured in the incident.

Following the incident an extensive investigation was undertaken by Staffordshire Police's Safeguarding Investigation department which led to the arrests.

The investigation found the stolen skip loader was abandoned within a few minutes in Cotton Road and was subject to a detailed forensic examination.

Detailed analysis work around a number of mobile phones, in conjunction with studying hours of CCTV from around the country, digital vehicle comparison and vehicle sightings, helped to build a picture which linked the defendants to one or several events which ultimately led to the incident.

The court heard the house, and its occupants, were specifically targeted as part of an ongoing feud between families from the travelling community.

Last month Patrick Maughan, aged 37, from Penlake Lane in St Helens, Merseyside, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life. He was jailed today for three years and two months.

Thomas Maughan, aged 31, from Penlake Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, pleaded guilty to the same offence and was also jailed for three years and two months.

Eileen Price, aged 49, of Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life, and was today sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Frederick Price, aged 51, from Adams Avenue in Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for three years and two months for the same offence.

Ian Lloyd, aged 31, from Long Lane, Middlewich in Cheshire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. He was given 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Nathan Ward, aged 28, of Cledford Lane, Middlewich, will be sentenced tomorrow after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

DS Adrian Webb, who led the investigation, said: “This attack was extensively and carefully planned to intimidate a local family.

“That family, including their three children, were in bed when their house was rammed - not once but seven times by a very large lorry.

“This attack was done at night, targeting a semi-detached house in a residential area. It was sheer luck that no one was injured when the lorry damaged the house. This attack not only targeted the intended victims but put other local residents at risk and caused thousands of pounds damage to several vehicles.

“Such criminal activity will not be tolerated in Staffordshire, and as we have shown, we will take positive action against those who engage in it. The safety of all our communities is an absolute priority.”

 

 

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