Two jailed over break-in at Halifax club

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

Two men have been jailed for 10 months each after an early hours break-in at the Halifax Irish Club last month.

The intruders gained access to the club on West Parade through the roof and stole about £2000 in cash from various locations including a fruit machine and a safe.

Bradford Crown Court heard that former employee Anthony Rooke had used a key he had accidentally taken several months before to open the safe.

Police were alerted by a nearby resident who saw Rooke and co-accused Leigh Jackson loading bags into a silver car and the pair were arrested later that night and the stolen property was found in the vehicle.

Rooke, 27, of Shay Lane, Halifax, and Jackson, 31, of Brackenhall Road, Huddersfield, both admitted the burglary charge and today/yesterday they were each jailed by Judge John Potter.

The court heard that the burglary had been carried out to help Jackson pay off a debt and the break-in had resulted in damage to the club estimated at £1000.

Judge Potter told the pair that the case involved a breach of trust by Rooke and the break-in was aggravated by the fact that it was carried out at night and the club was deliberately targeted.

The judge said the two defendants had also been acting as a team and had gone equipped to commit the burglary.