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Thief attacked cop after helicopter chase just to escape with stolen Buddha

Thief drove wrong way down A road & sparked dog and helicopter search to get away with buddha statue he stole from homeware shop
Callum Gordon, 30, led police on a car chase after stealing a statue from a shop in Northampton (SWNS/Google)

A man who attacked police after leading them on a high-speed car chase when he stole a Buddha statue from a shop has been jailed.

Callum Gordon, 30, grabbed the £225 garden ornament from The Range, in Northampton, before fleeing in a flat-bed tipper truck on May 1.

A court heard he drove the wrong way down an A-road into oncoming traffic and sparked a major helicopter and dog search.

Gordon was first spotted on CCTV with two other accomplices breaking into the homeware store at 3.45am.

Police were called out and when they caught up with the thieves the truck sped through residential streets at up to 50mph.

The getaway vehicle was then spotted driving the wrong way on the A43 towards an articulated lorry.

Gordon left the dual carriageway and officers pursued him through villages as he raced straight through crossroads.

Prosecuting, Ben Gow, said: ‘It was spotted driving in the wrong carriageway in the direction of two oncoming vehicles, one of them an articulated lorry.

‘It was cutting corners on back roads. It was immediately apparent to the police drivers that his driving was dangerous.’

Callum Gordon. See SWNS story SWMDbuddha. A Northampton career criminal took police on two blue-light chases, drove the wrong way down the A43 and sparked a helicopter and dog search - all to get away with a statue of Buddha he'd stolen from a popular homewares shop. Callum Gordon has been offending since he was 12 and was handed his first custodial sentence when he was just 14. Now aged 30, Northampton Crown Court heard how he made a bid to steal the statue and a picture frame worth a combined total of ?245 during an early-hours raid at The Range in St James Retail Park in Towcester Road. But as he and two accomplices tried to get away from the scene in a flat-bed tipper truck at 3.25am on May 1, they were spotted on CCTV and police were called out. By the time they arrived, Gordon, of Benjamin Square, Camp Hill, Northampton, had left the retail park and police caught up with him shortly afterwards.
Callum Gordon was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years (SWNS)

Career criminal Gordon then turned along a farm track and deliberately crashed through a wooden fence before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

He was caught an hour later, despite kicking a police officer in the chest, with the help of a team of dog trackers and the police helicopter.

Gordon, of Northampton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, criminal damage, theft and driving without insurance.

He was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years and seven months at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.

Sentencing, Recorder William Davis told Gordon his driving was ‘extremely dangerous’ and could have resulted in a ‘major accident and the loss of life.’

The court was told Gordon had 87 previous convictions for 36 offences including robbery, burglary, theft, breaching court orders, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Co-defendants Kimberley Hutchings, 26, and Kalon Farmer, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of theft last month and will be sentenced for their part in the robbery in July.

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