Police helicopter helps tracks down stolen motorbike

Insp Richard Close of the Wakefield Central neighbourhood police team.
Insp Richard Close of the Wakefield Central neighbourhood police team.
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The police helicopter was scrambled to help catch a man on a stolen motorbike, a court heard.

Christopher Lee Mosby, 24, was found hiding under a pile of rubbish in a cellar after the force’s eye in the sky tracked him across fields and streets.

Prosecutor Rory Byrne told city magistrates how the £2,570 motorcycle had been reported missing from Gloucester Place, Lupset. On May 26 police got reports of a nuisance motorcycle in Ossett, and the registration plate matched that bike.

The helicopter was scrambled and Mosby was tracked and captured. He admitted handling stolen goods and two charges each of no insurance and no appropriate licence.

Roger Clapham, mitigating, said his client had a terrible record but had kept out of trouble recently.

Mosby, of Woodbine Street, Ossett, was jailed for 12 weeks and banned from driving for six months.

After the case Insp Richard Close said: “The offender has been plaguing members of the community with inappropriate driving and criminal behaviour. We have used all resources open to us in order to capture, arrest and imprison this man to protect our communities.”