Man jailed for Handling Stolen Goods Date published: 28th October 2016 4.34pm

A 45-year-old man from Sale has pleaded guilty to handling a stolen motorbike and accessories from a rural premise in Rostherne, Knutsford.

On Thursday 9 June 2016, a Yamaha YZ Motorcross motorbike was stolen during a burglary along with motorcross accessories such as leathers, helmets and tools.

Following enquiries by Knutsford Police Beat Team, the stolen motorbike, accessories and tools were tracked down four days later to a residential address on Haydock Avenue, Sale.

The occupant of the address, Nicholas Justin Thornton was subsequently arrested.

On Tuesday 25 October 2016, Thornton appeared at Stockport Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to Handling Stolen Goods.

Thornton was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment and also ordered to pay the £115 victim surcharge.

PC Mike Dawber, Rural Beat Officer for Knutsford said “Cheshire Constabulary works hard to tackle both vehicle crime and rural offences, and we will continue to do so.

“This is a good result for the Constabulary and the stolen motorbike and accessories have subsequently been returned to their rightful owner.”

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