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Vigilant Worshippers Help Track Nationally Wanted Man

February 25, 2013, 1:34 pm

On Sunday 24th February 2013 a vigilant worshipper from St Andrews Church, Ulrome noticed a man acting suspiciously  inside the church.

Although nothing appeared to be missing from St Andrews Church, the witness contacted Humberside Police, providing a description of the suspicious man.

Working closely with Warwickshire and North Yorkshire Police, Humberside officers knew they were trying to locate a 50-year-old Warwickshire man on prison recall who they believed could assist them with more than 20 burglary investigations which had occurred over the span of two weeks.

Officers based at Hornsea Police Station immediately drove to Ulrome and other officers checked nearby churches to ensure all was in order. As one patrol car approached the church in Skipsea a man fitting the description was located and detained.

The man was checked against the police national database which said the gentleman was wanted by the police in connection with several burglaries in;  Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cumbria, Lancashire, Warwickshire and North Yorkshire.

The man was also arrested in connection with 11 thefts and burglaries from churches spanning in the East Riding.

The man is also still wanted by seven other police forces.

50-year-old Christopher Coulthard of no fixed address has been charged with five offences and asked for 30 offences to be taken into consideration. 

He is due to appear at Beverley Magistrates Court today (25 February 2013).

He has been charged with the following offences: 

North Yorkshire offences: Two burglaries, one theft, 22 burglaries taken into consideration.

Humberside offences: Two burglaries and eight burglaries taken into consideration.

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