Newcastle burglars behind bars
18 Apr 2016 09:20 AM[View Full Size]
Two burglars who rammed a police car and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to school in Gateshead have been jailed.
Charles Tams, who is 35 and from Darnell Place in Newcastle, and Wayne Young, 26, from Baxterwood Grove in Newcastle, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday April 5 and were each jailed for four years four months.
Tams was charged with; theft, burglary, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and criminal damage and Young with; driving while disqualified, burglary, affray, criminal damage and driving with no insurance.
The pair were arrested on September 17, 2015, after an incident in the early hours of the morning on Durham Road in Gateshead.
Officers on patrol spotted Tams and Young driving a Suzuki Swift with no lights on. The pair appeared suspicious and so they tried to get them to pull over however they drove off at speed.
Officers followed them into a cul-de-sac in Denmark Street where the pair drove at the officers car and rammed their vehicle a number of times causing extensive damage.
Thankfully the officers weren't seriously injured during the collision and managed to apprehend and arrest Tams at the scene.
Wayne Young ran off and climbed onto the roof of the nearby St Joseph's school in Prince Consort Road.
When on the roof he threatened officers and smashed windows, skylights and sections of the building’s roof.
He remained on the roof for around four hours causing a nuisance for local traffic, local residents and pupils and staff at the school.
He eventually came down after four hours and was arrested but not before causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to the school and forcing it to close for a number of days.
After they were arrested officers recovered thousands of pounds of cash and stolen property which had been taken during four burglaries the pair had committed in the Gateshead and Newcastle areas.
Central Area Command Superintendent David Felton said: "Tams and Young are dangerous and prolific criminals who show no consideration or respect for the police or the public.
"It's clear from their actions that they are willing to put peoples' lives at risk in order to get away with their criminal behaviour and it's a relief, not just for police but for everyone living in Newcastle and Gateshead, to see them put behind bars.
"They burgled peoples' homes and took their possessions, they endangered the lives of two police officers and they caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a police vehicle and to St Joseph's school.
"There is no place in our communities for people like this and the area will now be a much safer place with these two off our streets and in prison."