Hartlepool house burgled while mum and three children slept

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

TWO men are standing trial accused of burgling a home while a mum and her three children were asleep.

A host of property was stolen by raiders in the burglary at Eskdale Road, Hartlepool in March.

The haul included a laptop computer, computer games and a purse.

James Wanley, 41, and John Brazell, 34, are standing trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of burglary which they deny.

Yesterday, the jury heard how some of the stolen property was found stashed in a recycling bin at Wanley’s home in Milne Walk just hours after the burglary.

The crime took place in the early hours of March 7 when intruders got into the house through a patio door.

It is believed the raiders had climbed over a wall covered with anti vandal grease in Dalkeith Road at the back of the victims’ home in Eskdale Road.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting, said the male occupant was working on night shift when the crime happened and his partner was home alone with three small children in bed.

Police arrested Wanley after they went to his house and retrieved a red Samsung laptop computer, Sony PSP video and Nintendo DS games, plus a purse from a recycling bin in the garden.

Brazell, of Mullroy Road, Hartlepool, was also at the address.

He said he had spent the previous night there.

Wanley denied he or Brazell had been to the house when quizzed by police.

He said he had never seen the property that was found.

The trial continues.