Grantham court: Caravan thief’s ‘cock and bull’ story

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A man who stole a caravan from a Grantham home gave police a “cock and bull” story when he denied the theft.

James Lewis, 28, of Half Mile Close, Norwich, later admitted the theft of the caravan from a house in Barrowby Road earlier this year.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told the court that the owner of the caravan parked his car in the driveway near the caravan at 11.30pm on March 31. The next day he noticed the caravan had gone and the locks had been left on the driveway.

That morning police officers on the A1 in North Yorkshire saw the caravan being towed. Police spoke to Lewiswhen he pulled into a petrol station. He told the officers he had bought the caravan from some travellers that morning. He said he had bought it for £4,500. Defending, Rob Arthur said Lewis had made up a “cock and bull” story in a panic and accepted his wrongdoing. Magistrates imposed a community order in which Lewis must undertake 18 months’ supervision and a Thinking Skills Programme. He must also do 80 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.