Drunk duo raided Newport police station on Christmas Day for three bikes

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TWO “blind drunk” thieves who burgled Newport Central Police Station on Christmas Day for three bicycles have been sent to jail.

Alan Fowler and Stephen Brian Thomas Clayton appeared before Newport Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, January14.

Fowler, 20, was also sentenced for being in possession of cannabis when he was arrested after riding past a police officer on one of the stolen bikes and waving at him. The court heard Clayton, 21, had no idea how he came to be at the police station, with the pair described by officers as “Christmas party drunk”.

Defending Fowler, who pleaded guilty to both charges, Craig Bond called the crime “wholly unsophisticated”, adding: “It was destined to fail, as he is well known to police.”

The court heard how Fowler, of Caerau Road, entered the site through an electronic gate at the rear yard, after a police car had left.

“He was extremely drunk,” Bond said. “He has been an alcoholic since a young age and was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis aged 13.”

Clayton pleaded guilty to an amended charge of being found on enclosed premises, after pleading not guilty to theft of the bikes but admitting being present at the scene. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a car sat nav in October, worth £120.

In mitigation for Clayton, who has no fixed address, Matthew Thomas said: “He has significant alcohol problems but he wants to engage with the probation service.”

Clayton received an eight week prison sentence for being found on enclosed premises and a four week sentence for the sat nav theft, to run concurrently. Fowler was jailed for 16 weeks. There was no separate penalty for the cannabis charge, but District Judge Martin Brown made a forfeiture and destruction order.

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11:12am Tue 21 Jan 14

county mad says...

OMG what a fine upstanding product of the social welfare system with its laissez faire attitude to children and discipline the easy access to alcohol and the easy treatment of drug users and pushers . Broken Britain summed up in these two!
OMG what a fine upstanding product of the social welfare system with its laissez faire attitude to children and discipline the easy access to alcohol and the easy treatment of drug users and pushers . Broken Britain summed up in these two! county mad

11:23am Tue 21 Jan 14

Templar05 says...

No different ,than when I was working at the Royal Gwent . Thieves stealing from patients ...I caught a few .Broken Britain ? ...You bet ! Letting immigrants in by the dozen and not cleaning up , our society ...it's going to get worse . Oh and under age drinkers in the pub, across from a police station and drug dealing . I wonder who's running the country ...the walking dead ? LOL
No different ,than when I was working at the Royal Gwent . Thieves stealing from patients ...I caught a few .Broken Britain ? ...You bet ! Letting immigrants in by the dozen and not cleaning up , our society ...it's going to get worse . Oh and under age drinkers in the pub, across from a police station and drug dealing . I wonder who's running the country ...the walking dead ? LOL Templar05

1:15pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Crikey, two people would have to be pretty drunk to steal three bikes instead of two - who on earth was the third one for? Their imaginary friend?! Moreover, surely it would have been a whole lot easier for a pair of thieves to steal a tandem?
Crikey, two people would have to be pretty drunk to steal three bikes instead of two - who on earth was the third one for? Their imaginary friend?! Moreover, surely it would have been a whole lot easier for a pair of thieves to steal a tandem? Katie Re-Registered

2:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Maybe Newport Police Station should get advice from their local crime prevention officer as to how to make their premises more secure?
Maybe Newport Police Station should get advice from their local crime prevention officer as to how to make their premises more secure? Raymond Luxury-Yacht

5:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
Maybe Newport Police Station should get advice from their local crime prevention officer as to how to make their premises more secure?
rofl
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: Maybe Newport Police Station should get advice from their local crime prevention officer as to how to make their premises more secure?[/p][/quote]rofl GardenVarietyMushroom

6:54pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jimmysmith says...

Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
Maybe Newport Police Station should get advice from their local crime prevention officer as to how to make their premises more secure?
exactly ray .very lucky they didnt get hold of a car and drive that out and killing some one in the process .keystone cops springs to mind
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: Maybe Newport Police Station should get advice from their local crime prevention officer as to how to make their premises more secure?[/p][/quote]exactly ray .very lucky they didnt get hold of a car and drive that out and killing some one in the process .keystone cops springs to mind jimmysmith

10:34pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ollie72 says...

As terrible as it is that two people can be this messed up, for some reason this made me laugh...

The idea that two men, so drunk they didn't know where they were, managed to burgle a police station - and then were only caught by riding the stolen bike past a police officer and waving at him - you couldn't make it up!

There you go, should make me ashamed - actually made me laugh!
As terrible as it is that two people can be this messed up, for some reason this made me laugh... The idea that two men, so drunk they didn't know where they were, managed to burgle a police station - and then were only caught by riding the stolen bike past a police officer and waving at him - you couldn't make it up! There you go, should make me ashamed - actually made me laugh! ollie72

11:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jimmysmith says...

ollie72 wrote:
As terrible as it is that two people can be this messed up, for some reason this made me laugh...

The idea that two men, so drunk they didn't know where they were, managed to burgle a police station - and then were only caught by riding the stolen bike past a police officer and waving at him - you couldn't make it up!

There you go, should make me ashamed - actually made me laugh!
its newport police should be ashamed .they got to be a laughing stock to be honest
[quote][p][bold]ollie72[/bold] wrote: As terrible as it is that two people can be this messed up, for some reason this made me laugh... The idea that two men, so drunk they didn't know where they were, managed to burgle a police station - and then were only caught by riding the stolen bike past a police officer and waving at him - you couldn't make it up! There you go, should make me ashamed - actually made me laugh![/p][/quote]its newport police should be ashamed .they got to be a laughing stock to be honest jimmysmith

1:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

thomas35 says...

Absolutely Laurel and Hardy at their very best!!!..Let em out your honor!!! for next xmas please..... second thoughts ...Never seen a copper in Newport on a bike!!!! Cars yes plenty. Bikes. ...ummmm!
Absolutely Laurel and Hardy at their very best!!!..Let em out your honor!!! for next xmas please..... second thoughts ...Never seen a copper in Newport on a bike!!!! Cars yes plenty. Bikes. ...ummmm! thomas35

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