Teenager accused of a staggering 17 crimes

A teenager has been charged with no fewer than 17 crimes including numerous burglaries, assault, car thefts, handling stolen goods and dangerous driving.

Billy Joe Sharratt, 18, currently of HMP Forest Bank, appeared before Wigan and Leigh magistrates via video link accused of a crime spree running from late 2018 to early this year.

They include assaulting Sharon McLelland in Hindley, stealing her Vauxhall Astra car, then driving it dangerously in Strines Close in Hindley on December 17 2019.

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On Christmas Eve the same year he is also accused of stealing an Audi from Lufulla Fazir in Norley and handling another stolen Astra taken in Haydock the following month, then handling a Vauxhall Insignia and another stolen Audi in the February of 2020.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates CourtWigan and Leigh Magistrates Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Then there are accusations of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the Atherton, Haydock, Leigh, Westhoughton, Croft and Culcheth areas.

Sharratt has yet to enter any pleas and the case was adjourned until April 9 for another appearance before Wigan justices.

A co-defendant, 36-year-old Catherine Rogers, of Thirlmere Avenue, Ince, is charged with involvement in the Croft and Culcheth break-ins. Her case was adjourned to the same date.

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