Useless thief trapped on cattle grid

Gordon Beckingham convicted of burglary and stealing cars.
Gordon Beckingham convicted of burglary and stealing cars.
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A BUNGLING crook who once had to be rescued by firefighters while hiding in a river from police has been locked up again - after his stolen car got stuck on a cattle grid, then he threw away gloves carrying his DNA.

Gordon Beckingham, aged 25, was caught in the stolen car after it got stuck as he tried to drive over a cattle grid.

A member of the public came to his aid but then alerted police.

When officers arrived Beckingham fled, leaving the tainted gloves behind.

Stephen Jepson, defending, told Sheffield Crown Court: “It’s a poor burglar who lets himself get caught with a stolen car on a cattle grid and then, when running away, leaves items of clothing which he knows are going to have his DNA on them.”

Beckingham was previously left red-faced last October while fleeing from police for aggravated vehicle-taking.

He stole a vehicle from Clough Bank, Highfield, Sheffield, but after police gave chase he tried to hide in a river.

He got into difficulty, had to be rescued by firefighters and was later jailed for three months.

Beckingham, of Southend Road, Wybourn, has appeared in court on 10 occasions for 22 offences.

His latest crimes were four burglaries, theft from a car, and theft of a car.

He also asked the court to take into consideration nine other similar offences.

In the first burglary, on January 11 this year, Beckingham, who had just been released from his three-month prison term, sneaked into a house in Bramley Avenue, Richmond, Sheffield and stole the keys to a Ford Ka and a Vauxhall Corsa.

Susan Evans, prosecuting, said Beckingham and another unknown offender, drove off.

Beckingham, who was already banned from driving, got stuck on the cattle grid.

Judge Jacqui Davies jailed Beckingham for two-and-a-half-years and said: “Your record is not attractive for a man of your age.”