On-the-run bur­glar fi­nally sent to prison

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AJAILED crook who fled court and evaded po­lice for FIVE weeks has fi­nally been caught and locked up

Stephen An­drew Hem­pen­stall walked out of a court­room in Mac­cles­field on Au­gust 13 mo­ments af­ter be­ing told he was go­ing to prison for bur­glary.

The 34-year-old re­mained on the run un­til Septem­ber 16 when he was picked up by po­lice in Stock­port.

Hem­pen­stall, of Nel­son Street, Mac­cles­field, was then hauled in front of mag­is­trates in Crewe on Septem­ber 17 where he ad­mit­ted a fur­ther charge of theft.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced him to 24 weeks in prison.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tence, Mac­cles­field po­lice’s Chief In­spec­tor Rob Dickinson said: “Hem­pen­stall was try­ing to evade jus­tice, but we will be re­lent­less in pur­su­ing wanted peo­ple – putting out alerts to neigh­bour­ing forces, us­ing har­bour­ing no­tices, check­ing ad­dresses and fol­low­ing lines of en­quiry as well as putting out media ap­peals and tweet- ing his pic­ture.

“Our ef­forts and the ef­forts of our neigh­bour­ing force Greater Manch­ester Po­lice only go to show that if you think you can es­cape jus­tice, you are wrong. We will find you.”

Hem­pen­stall ap­peared at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on Au­gust 13 where he ad­mit­ted en­ter­ing David of Duke Street hair sa­lon be­tween June 14 an 15 and steal­ing elec­tri­cal hair styling prod­ucts worth more than £250.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced Hem­pen­stall to 16 weeks in prison be­cause of his ‘hor­ren­dous record of ac­quis­i­tive of­fend­ing’ and ‘fail­ure to com­ply with com­mu­nity or­ders’.

He was also or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion of £500 and costs of £260.

But mo­ments later he made a brazen es­cape past two se­cu­rity guards through the main exit.

Mag­is­trates is­sued a war­rant with­out bail for ‘ab­scond­ing from court hav­ing sur­ren­dered into the cus­tody of the court’.

At Crewe mag­is­trates court Septem­ber 17 Hem­pen­stall ad­mit­ted steal­ing a TV worth £230 from B&M Bar­gains in Mac­cles­field on July 17.

He was sen­tenced to eight weeks in prison for this theft on top of the pre­vi­ous sen­tence.

●● Stephen Hem­pen­stall fled court and was on the run for five weeks be­fore be­ing caught

●● Leif Harvik with his grand­daugh­ter Maria and as a young man (right)

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