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Teenagers get custody for £199,000 burglary spree in Cheshire, Flintshire and Wirral

FAMILIES of three prolific burglars who stole more than £199,000 from homes across the region cheered as they were locked up for two years.

For 10 months Lee Hall, 18, of School Lane; Jordan Davies-Bagley, 18, of Beatrice Avenue and Joseph Lane, 19, of Juliet Avenue, all of Bebington, roamed Cheshire, Flintshire and Wirral strategically targeting ‘affluent’ homes.

During the latest of a spate of burglaries, between January 4-6 this year, the teenagers targeted homes in Helsby, Chester and Broughton, stealing more than £30,000 worth of sentimental belongings.

Appearing in Chester Crown Court on Friday, the teenagers admitted a total of 105 further offences, during which they stole goods valued at more than £169,500 and caused £20,000 worth of damage.

The court heard how during the three-day spate in January the three defendants drove around the region targeting empty houses before forcing entry through back doors and garages.

During the recent raids the teenagers targeted a house at Cherrydale Road, Broughton, and stole electrical items – including televisions and game consoles – and designer goods.

Sentencing Hall, Lane and Bagley to two years each in a young offenders institute, Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards said they would have received considerably longer sentences if they had not admitted their offences.

“The fact that young men think that it is acceptable to go and break into people’s homes is extremely worrying,” he said.

Solicitors defending Hall, Bagley-Davies and Lane said they pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, were only young and have unburdened themselves by admitting all of their offences.