Mum’s botched raid for diesel

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A YOUNG mum clambered over a wall and damaged a vehicle’s fuel cap in a botched bid to steal diesel.

Chloe Hydes - mother to a five-year-old child - climbed into the premises of Jacksons Civil Engineering, in Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, on the night of December 20 last year.

Police were tipped off that intruders were on the premises, and saw two excavators had been tampered with, one having a damaged fuel cap. A pipe siphoning red diesel from a fuel tank led to a container.

Hydes, aged 24, and pal William Ramsden, 22, of Severnside Place, Woodhouse, Sheffield, were found hiding nearby and were arrested.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates: “Hydes said it was her decision to steal the diesel. She collected Ramsden and took him there to help her. She wanted to sell the diesel to make some money and said the containers found on site were hers. She damaged a fuel lock and she expressed regret, saying it was a silly thing to do.”

Hydes, of Beech Crescent, Killamarsh, admitted charges of attempted theft and damaging property.

Liz Anderton, defending, said: “She has a five-year-old child and she had no money and she intended to steal to make herself some cash. The diesel was recovered and put back.”

The court heard Hydes hopes to work for her father in a recycling business, but has previous convictions for possessing an offensive weapon and making off without payment.

She was given a one-year probation supervision order and must pay £80 compensation for the damage, with £85 costs.

Ramsden entered no plea to attempted theft. His case was adjourned until February 1 for consideration of a caution.

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