Homeless couple caught rummaging through skips

Burnley Magistrates' Court.
Burnley Magistrates' Court.

A couple seen rummaging through skips in a recycling centre at night were homeless and looking for a tent and clothing, a court heard.

Charlene Newton (30) and Lee Maymond (31) climbed over the fence of Burnley Recycling Centre when police arrived, but were caught. The pair, who have 100 previous offences between them, had had to leave their home after an “incident” and found themselves on the streets, the town’s magistrates were told.

Now of Waterbarn Street, Burnley, both admitted being found on enclosed premises and failing to surrender. Maymond also admitted theft of goods worth £9.90 from the 99p shop and was given a 12-month conditional discharge. Newton was given a six-month conditional discharge. Each was ordered to pay a £150 criminal court charge and £15 victim surcharge.

Mark Williams (for the defendants) said they found themselves in the middle of the night on the streets and were looking for somewhere to stay or some way of keeping warm. They were seen on remote monitoring cameras.” They now had somewhere to stay.