Christmas in jail for duo after present thefts

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Two men from Scarborough spent Christmas in a prison cell after presents were stolen from cars in the town.

David Hall, 42, and Damien Peter Oldfield, 38, appeared in court today following a spate of at least six thefts on Christmas Eve.

Christmas gifts were among the items snatched from the unattended vehicles on St Nicholas Cliff and Market Way, as well as mobile phones and satellite navigation systems.

The pair were arrested in the early hours of Christmas Day and were charged with theft from a motor vehicle at around 11pm the same day.

They appeared at York Magistrates’ Court on Boxing Day.

Hall then appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court this morning, where he entered a not guilty plea and was remanded into custody until next Thursday, January 3.

Oldfield also appeared before the town’s magistrates today, where he pleaded guilty and was given a community order.

The order means that Oldfield is subject to nine month’s supervision and must complete a Thinking Skills course.

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs, compensation of £100 and a victim surcharge of £60.