North East Wales

Man admits stealing car from Community Church, Wrexham

A homeless man stole a car from outside a church in Wrexham after attending a service on Sunday, a court has heard.

Brian Anthony Ditchburn, 28, of Ty Nos Night Shelter in Wrexham, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

He also admitted having no insurance when he appeared in court in Mold after the incident at Community Church.

Ditchburn was remanded in custody, and will be sentenced at Mold Crown Court at the end of June.

Another man was charged with aggravated vehicle taking, but he did not enter a plea and the case was adjourned.

Ditchburn, formerly of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was one of four people who attended the church in Wrexham on Sunday for a service, followed by tea and biscuits.

But the keys from a car belonging to one of the congregation was stolen, and a VW Polo was taken from the church car park, Flintshire magistrates were told.

The court heard that police spotted the stolen car in Bromborough on the Wirral. It was driven through red traffic lights and other drivers had to swerve to avoid a collision, the court was told.

The car later hit two stationary cars and came to a halt when it crashed into a tree, the court was told

Two men ran off, but were caught a short time later.

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