Fraudsters Sentenced After Appearing on Crimewatch

It took one call in to the show to find them in Coventry.

10 May 2016

A successful appeal on BBC's Crimewatch programme almost two years ago has led to two offenders being sentenced in court for offences.

On May 6 this year the pair was sentenced for theft and fraud offences.

The appeal was shown on Crimewatch on Tuesday September 16 2014 and led to officers investigating a burglary on St Leonards Road in Beverley, East Yorkshire receiving information regarding the whereabouts of two suspects. Officers from Humberside Police were directed to an address in Coventry and two people were arrested on Wednesday September 17 and questioned by officers investigating the case.

Mark Christopher Daly and Carol Susan Canham were questioned in relation to the burglary in Beverley, where £20,000 of jewellery was stolen, and also to frauds in Hull, Beverley and Coventry and a theft in Warwickshire.

They appeared at Coventry Magistrates Court on Friday September 19 2014 and were charged with numerous counts of theft and fraud.

42 year-old Mark Christopher Daly, originally from Coventry, was charged with theft from a dwelling in Beverley, fraud in Beverley, fraud in Coventry and a theft in Warwickshire.

Carol Susan Canham (48) originally from East Yorkshire, was charged with theft from a dwelling in Beverley, fraud in Hull and fraud in Coventry.

Detective Sergeant Tom Napier said: ‘We had a really great response from the public following the appeal on BBC Crimewatch which proved invaluable in locating the suspects and the subsequent arrest and charging of them."

On Friday May 6 2016, Mark Daly and Carol Canham were both sentenced at Coventry Crown Court, with theft of £17,000 worth of jewellery and fraud. Daly was also sentenced in relation to a fraud and selling some of the stolen goods to a jewellers in Hull.

Sentences:

Christopher Daly: 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and rehabilitation activity requirement up to 35 days. Daly must also pay a sum of £8500 compensation to the victim within 12 months and court costs of £1000 to be paid within 12 months.

Carol Canham: Community order for two years. Rehabilitation activity requirement up to 15 days.

Detective Sergeant Tom Napier: “As a result of the appeal, we received a call, which led us to the offenders in Coventry. They were arrested on the day of receiving the call, we travelled straight from Cardiff where the programme went out from and en route spoke to West Midlands Police.  Local police accompanied both of us, assisted us in locating the offenders at an address and they were both arrested and dealt with by Humberside Police over the next two days.  The offenders have been brought to justice and a massive compensation order, rightly so, to be paid to the victim in the case.  As they said to us at Crimewatch, it only takes one call and this was absolutely right.“