Barnsley trio behind bars in case of swift justice

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Three criminals are being bars after what is believed to be one of the fastest cases ever to have been through the criminal justice system in South Yorkshire.

Michael Brearley, Gary McManus and Matthew Batley were each sentenced to six months behind bars just 30 hours after breaking into a shop in Barnsley town centre in the early hours of Wednesday.

They were spotted by a member of public, who raised the alarm, and officers called out to investigate the offence checked CCTV footage and found the trio near to the scene.

They were found in possession of stolen goods.

The three men were arrested, interviewed and charged, and by 10am that day had been sentenced by magistrates.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The case is thought to be one of the fastest ever turned around by the criminal justice system in the county’s history.”

Brearley, aged 27, of South View, Darfield; McManus, 34, of Bridge Street, Barnsley and Batley, 31, of no fixed address, all pleaded guilty to burglary when they appeared before Barnsley magistrates.

Detective Sergeant Paul Brook, whose team was responsible for the swift justice, said: “Sometimes solving crime can be a marathon effort. This time it was a hundred metre sprint.

“And to cap it all, we were able to return the majority of the stolen property to the shopkeeper.”

Cases are often delayed when they are sent to the crown court.