Thief took torch from policeman he hated

An OPPORTUNIST criminal who stole a police officer’s torch has been sentenced.

Ryan Jones, 28, of Woodside Place, Boothtown, had previous dealings with the officer and stole the torch out of anger.

He said that the officer had abused his mother when dealing with a domestic disturbance years ago.

Officers attended at Acre Villas, Mytholmroyd, after reports of an incident on a bus travelling along Burnley Road towards Halifax.

Prosecutor Vanessa Schofield said: “Initially Mr Jones was still on the bus but they got off and the bus driver pointed out the three people who had caused difficulties and they went to arrest them.

“While arresting him a torch fell out of Mr Jones’ clothing. He had taken it from the officer and admitted that he had been stupid.

“Mr Jones has personal difficulties with him and doesn’t like him.”

Jones pleaded guilty to one charge of theft.

Julie Brimble, in mitigation, said: “In reality this was a very stupid act from him and was no doubt fuelled by him having had something to drink.

“There is some reason for the animosity. Mr Jones’ mother was involved in a neighbourhood dispute some time ago.

“This PC was involved in that and there were a lot of problems.

“His mother turned to drink and died and to an extent he blames the harrassment by this officer for that - he saw red and did something stupid.”

Magistrates gave Jones a conditional discharge and ordered that he pay £85 in costs.