Men in court accused of Rastrick Co-op burglary

Four men accused of being in a gang that targeted a Rastrick shop for £2,000 worth of cigarettes have appeared at Calderdale Magistrates Court.

The court heard that witnesses saw a man prise open the door of the Co-Operative Store on Highfield Road in the early hours of Saturday, March 24.

Three men then streamed in and filled a duvet cover with cigarettes before loading it in the back of a van and driving away.

They were followed by police officers but pulled into Millroyd Mill apartment block and fled the vehicle.

All four men were arrested after a short chase in a nearby scrap yard.

Billy Kirkby, 22, of East Park Road, Leeds, and James Hawkins, 19, of Sutherland Terrace, Leeds, have pleaded not guilty to an offence of burglary. Jason Jones, 24, of Burmantofts, Leeds, did not indicate a plea.

The three men will appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court for a further hearing on Tuesday, April 2.

A fourth man, Joshua Wannan, 20, of Amberton Gardens, Leeds, pleaded guilty to the offence.

He will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on April 22.