Ashington thief armed with a knife stole electric scooter from rider in Walker Leave a comment


A thief armed with a knife stole an electric scooter from a rider just hours after being released for aggressively confronting a police officer at the same spot.

A PC spotted a Jaguar driven by Anthony Bellerby driving erratically in Walker, Newcastle, in the early hours of the morning.

But when he activated his blue lights, Bellerby ran towards the police car, banged on the window, shouted aggressively and tried to prevent the officer getting out, telling him “you will do f*** all and f*** off”.

Having been arrested and then released, later that same day Bellerby came out of Church Walk House, Walker, with a knife in his hand, approached a man sitting on a scooter and told him “I’m f****** taking that”.

He then grabbed the keys and rode off on the £600 machine, which the owner never saw again.

Now Bellerby, 38, from Ashington, Northumberland, who has 151 previous convictions, including 56 for theft or similar, has been jailed for 40 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

His latest offending began at 2.25am on July 16 last year when he was spotted on Hexham Avenue, Walker, in the Jaguar.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, said: “The car came to a stop in the car park of Church Walk House and the police car activated its blue lights.

“The defendant got out and ran towards the police vehicle and started banging on the driver’s window.

“He was striking the window with force and shouting ‘what the f*** do you think you are doing, get out of the f****** car’.

“The PC tried to get out but the defendant pushed the car door shut and leaned against it with his body weight.”

The officer managed to kick the door open and was confronted by Bellerby shouting “you will do f*** all and f*** off”.

He subdued him with an incapacitant spray and he was arrested and found to be in possession of cocaine.

Having been released from custody, he went on to steal the scooter at around 6.10pm after coming out of Church Walk House.

The victim saw Bellerby staring at him and tried to avoid his gaze by looking at his phone but he was determined to take the scooter and the victim noticed he was carrying a knife.

He was identified on CCTV by the same officer he had clashed with earlier in the day.

Bellerby, of Fairways, Sandy Bay Caravan Park, Ashington, who was already on a suspended prison sentence for battery and stalking, pleaded guilty to a public order act offence and possessing cocaine in relation to the first offence. He was originally charged with robbery of the scooter but admitted theft and possessing a bladed article.

David Comb, defending, said he had already served ten months in prison on remand in lockdown conditions.





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