Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cops Hunt for Man Caught with Stolen Funeral Flowers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cops Hunt for Man Caught with Stolen Funeral Flowers

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Byline: James Cain Reporter

A MAN who was caught with the stolen funeral flowers of popular dad Andrew Corfield is being hunted by police after he failed to appear at court.

Jonathan George Gregory failed to show up for sentencing yesterday at Teesside Magistrates' Court after he previously admitted handling a stolen flower arrangement meant for the funeral of Andrew Corfield.

Gregory was due to appear at court at 2pm to be sentenced for the offence which involved the "Pops" flower arrangement from Mr Corfield's grandaughter.

But a warrant was issued for his arrest by prosecutor Robert Moore after the court heard there was no sign of Gregory at 3.15pm. The warrant was not contested by Danielle Wild, defending.

On February 9, Teesside Magistrates' Court heard that the flowers meant for Andrew Corfield's funeral were stolen from outside Middlesbrough's Alstro's Florists on November 30 last year, just hours before the 39-year-old's funeral.

Alan Davison, prosecuting, told the court that Gregory and his friend had spotted the flowers but he had told his acquaintance not to touch them.

But the 39-year-old claimed he later found them inside his Jubilee Street home and handed them back - adding his head was "all over the place" at the time.

However the court was told how florist, Darren Hunter, had already started making inquiries in the area and had been directed to the defendant's address where he spotted them through a window.

Peter Harris, defending, said his client "made some admissions in interview" and "is a gentleman who has had a number of issues."

"The flowers were only out of the owner's hands for a short period of time," he added. "It didn't cause any issues for the funeral."

Mr Corfield died shortly after leaving his Hemlington home on October 28. He and his 17-year-old daughter Alice were travelling in a car when they were involved in a crash at the junction of Fordyce Road and Cass House Road. …

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