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  • Curiosity got the better of brothers who tried to steal from crime scene

    Ollie Cowan

    TWO BUNGLING burglars were caught trying to steal from an active police crime scene in Southport.

    The duo, who were revealed to be brothers from Wirral, had read an online report revealing the details behind a Merseyside Police drugs bust uncovering a huge £2 million cannabis haul on Crowland Street earlier this year.

    Despite police still being in the area and most, if not all evidence having already been removed from the large scale operation, the brothers travelled to Southport two days later to try and break into the crime scene.

    It was there that they were arrested by officers from Merseyside Police who were still nearby.

    The police discovery of a large cannabis farm at Blowick Business Park on Crowland Street, on January 16, said to have an estimated annual yield of £1.9 million, was widely reported and caught the attention of Jamie Sendall, 26, of Holly Grove, Tranmere, and Steven Sendall, 28, of Cleveland Street, Birkenhead.

    As the men appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court on March 17, where they were sentenced for burglary, prosecutor Angela Conlan said: “Police had recently been called to a unit in Crowland Street in Southport which had been found to house a large cannabis farm.

    “Following on from that, a day or two later, police called by having been told that three males had entered the premises. When the officers attended, they could see that wooden boards that had been securing the site had been ripped off.”

    Mrs Conlan said that the three males were located inside and when asked what they were doing they said they had read about the cannabis farm and decided to come around and have a look and see if there was anything there to pick up.

    Mrs Conlan said that the third male had previously been sentenced to a community order. She informed the court that Jamie Sendall was jailed in 2015 for violent disorder and drugs offences while his brother was given a suspended prison sentence for violent disorder and assault.

    Both men represented themselves, with Jamie saying, “I apologise, it was stupid,” and Steven saying, “Curiosity got the better of me. It won’t happen again.”

    The magistrates sentenced Jamie to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, along with an eight-week 8.30pm-8.30m curfew; and Steven to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, along with an eight-week 7pm-7am curfew.

    Both were also ordered to do 15 days of a rehabilitative activity.   

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