Six men in the dock accused of car thefts worth nearly £60,000

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SIX men have appeared in court over three burglaries in which cars worth £57,000 were stolen.

Luke Cochrane, of Winter Street in King Cross, Halifax, is charged with the first burglary, on May 9.

The 23-year-old is alleged to have raided a home in Springfield Avenue in Copley, Halifax, and stolen a camcorder, iPod, car keys and an Audi worth £20,000.

Tony Reynolds, 23, of Summer Street, King Cross, is jointly accused of the same offence, as is Amir Khan, 22, of Hops Lane in Wheatley, Halifax.

Azeem Mahmood, 21, of Stanley Street, Huddersfield, is also charged with the crime, plus another burglary at a home in Ripponden on May 16.

He is alleged to have stolen a Volvo convertible worth £21,000, plus keys, two laptops, a TV, a purse and a wallet from the Old Saw Mill Cottages.

Daniel Jowett, 22, of Halifax Road, Huddersfield, is jointly accused of the Ripponden burglary.

He is also charged with a burglary in Bilton-in-Ainsty, York, on May 19.

He and Stephen Macdonald, 24, of no fixed address, are accused of stealing a Toyota Corolla worth £16,000, along with keys, a sat nav, mobile phone, cash and bank cards.

Cochrane is also charged with affray and possessing an offensive weapon after an incident on May 22.

He was allegedly seen carrying a machete outside a nightclub in Silver Street, Halifax.

None of the men have entered pleas to the charges when they appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

Cochrane, Reynolds, Khan, Jowett and Macdonald were remanded in custody.

Mahmood was granted conditional bail.

The men will appear back at the court on Tuesday, and the case is expected to be committed to Bradford Crown Court on August 2.