Get involved: Send pictures, video, news and views - text NEWS SHOPPER to 80360 or email us
Northfleet welder seen pinching van in Abbey Wood before leading police chase round Bexley
A WELDER from Northfleet was seen drilling through the door lock on a van before leading police on a high-speed chase through Bexley, a court heard.
Barry Banfield, of Beresford Road, stole the white Ford Transit in Abbey Wood before the five-mile police pursuit shortly after 10pm on August 13.
The 39-year-old failed to stop for police while turning the stolen vehicle into Dhalia Road from Bracondale Road.
He sped off towards Bexleyheath before abandoning the vehicle in Vicarage Road in Bexley as a Met Police helicopter tracked him overhead.
Banfield appeared for sentencing at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today after pleading guilty on August 15 to aggravated taking of a motor vehicle, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.
Witnesses saw Banfield take a cordless drill to the door of a van, the court heard.
District Judge Nigel Dean said: “He gets in, drills the ignition, gets going and the police are on his tail immediately afterwards.
“There is a relatively high-speed chase over a long distance, sometimes on the wrong side of the road.
“He was arrested and it turns out he was disqualified from driving as well.”
The case was referred to Woolwich Crown Court after Judge Dean said he did not feel the maximum six-month sentence he could impose was enough.
He referred to Banfield’s “bad piece of driving” and “serious offences” committed while he was still on bail for other incidents in July.
Banfield was given a 116-day sentence on September 2 for driving while disqualified, theft, driving without insurance, and the activation of a suspended sentence for a previous offence of criminal damage.
- 200 people evacuated from train as it catches fire near Chislehurst Station
- Taxi driver found dead in the bath in his Eynsford home
- Longfield school celebrates first ever 'outstanding' Ofsted report
- Reindeer trot into Sidcup for festival
- Woolwich Lee Rigby murder trial: Accused offers no evidence in his defence
Comments are closed on this article.