Perfume thief’s 70mph chase

A MAN has been jailed for 22 months after he stole more than £8,000 worth of perfume from a Halifax department store and was then involved in a police pursuit while on bail.

Leighton Davies, of City Lane, Wheatley, Halifax, got into Harveys store in the town centre in March after a large display window had been smashed.

Bradford Crown Court heard that perfumes and aftershave worth £8,680 were then stolen in the burglary and the store had been left to pay an insurance excess of £2,000.

The following month Davies was involved in a high-speed pursuit around streets in Halifax when his vehicle reached 70mph.

Prosecutor Chloe Fairley said Davies drove off at speed when a patrol officer tried to speak to him.

During the course of the pursuit Davies ran a red light, drove on the wrong side of the road and at one stage he reversed into the police vehicle.

The court heard the police helicopter was called in and Davies was eventually arrested after the car came to a stop in a cul-de-sac.

Davies admitted charges of burglary and dangerous driving and his barrister Claire Larton said he had committed the offences when he was abusing alcohol and drugs.

Miss Larton said Davies wanted to use his latest prison sentence as ‘’a turning point’’ in his life and had expressed an interest in working with young offenders.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC noted Davies was already subjected to a community sentence at the time he committed the latest offences and he revoked that existing order.

He jailed Davies for a year on the burglary matter with an additional 10 months in custody for the dangerous driving.

Davies will also be banned from driving for three years and must take an extended driving test.