Former mayor of Redbridge’s figurines stolen by Woodford Green father and son

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 May 2018

Barkingside Magistrates' Court with inset of former Mayor of Redbridge Linda Huggett. Picture: Ken Mears

Barkingside Magistrates' Court with inset of former Mayor of Redbridge Linda Huggett. Picture: Ken Mears

Ken Mears

A father and son who stole burgled figurines and ceramic pottery belonging to the Mayor of Redbridge from outside a charity shop, feel “remorse” for their actions, a court heard.

John Loizides, 52, and son Andrew Loizides, 28, Glengall Road, Woodford Green, both appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday, May 29), for theft outside a charity shop in The Broadway, Woodford Green, in March.

Earlier this year, between March 25 and 27, the pair took a couple of suitcases which had been left on a shop’s front door.

The court heard how the pair then gave the items to an auctioneer who said they would be willing to give £300 for the goods.

The former Mayor of Redbridge Councillor Linda Huggett had previously reported that her garage had been broken into when she saw her figurines and ceramic pottery being auctioned for sale online.

The father and son duo were then arrested for the theft and were also both tested positive for cocaine.

John and Andrew Loizides’ defence Mr Kaushik Ramdhary said: “They weren’t involved in the burglary.

“People leave stuff outside charity shops at the weekends and people think it’s rubbish and the fact that the items they did take were stolen was purely unfortunate.

“When they took the items to the auctioneer, no money was given to them as they wanted to process everything first and was going to receive the money after, so they did not benefit.

“It should be kept in mind their remorse and admissions of guilt from the start and the fact that they were not aware of the items being stolen.

“They have accepted full responsibility and are now fully aware that taking items from outside a shop is an offence.”

John and Andrew were both sentenced with a 12 month community order, whereby they have to take part in rehabilitation activity, drug rehabilitation for six months and both pay £170 in costs.

Although John was deemed unsuitable for unpaid work, Andrew will also have to do 40 hours of unpaid work in the community which needs to be completed within the 12 month period.

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