Court appearance for man accused of £100k Pirelli tyre theft
A man accused of selling more than £100,000 worth of stolen Pirelli tyres appeared in Carlisle Crown Court yesterday to answer a charge of conspiracy to commit theft. Barry White was charged in January along with Mark Claxton and Graham Wait, and has pleaded not guilty.
In its coverage of the first day of the court case, local newspaper the News & Star reported the prosecution’s allegation that tyres were delivered from Pirelli’s Dalston Road plant in Carlisle to other locations in Scotland. These were shipped in “apparently legitimate” consignments and then sold on by White. He is said to have carried out 99 separate transactions, allegedly selling the Pirelli tyres, which had a retail value of more than £102,000, for approximately £62,000.
The News & Star states that one of White’s co-defendants has “already admitted the conspiracy charge”, while the other plans to enter a guilty plea later this week.