Leeds Crown Court round-up: 11 criminals locked up this week including child rapist and serial shoplifter

Here are 11 criminals locked up in Leeds this week and their crimes. (Left: Liam Hyde; Top right, Steven Betts; Bottom right, Craig Clayton)
Here are 11 criminals locked up in Leeds this week and their crimes. (Left: Liam Hyde; Top right, Steven Betts; Bottom right, Craig Clayton)

A serial shoplifter dubbed the ‘Lynx thief’ and two thugs who slashed a victim with knives outside Xscape have been jailed.

Leeds Crown Court also heard the case of a child rapist who was finally brought to justice after his victim spotted him on a paedophile hunter page on Facebook 16 years later.

Those locked up in Leeds this week include...

This child rapist was finally brought to justice after his victim spotted him on a paedophile hunter page on Facebook 16 years later, attempting to meet another young girl. Craig Clayton groomed the 13-year-old in Leeds in 2001, buying her cigarettes and alcohol. The 44-year-old was jailed for six years and three months. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)
A serial shoplifter dubbed ‘the Lynx thief’ by retailers over his prolific theft of deodorants. Steven Betts regularly targeted stores in Leeds city centre to steal cans of the deodorant and other aerosols to feed his solvent abuse, and assaulted staff when challenged. He was jailed for 25 weeks and also banned from Leeds city centre for five years. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)
The thugs slashed a victim with knives during in a bloody scrap in front of terrified families enjoying an evening out at Xscape in Castleford. Dylan Bleasby and Kian Cooper attacked the man, whom they did not know, after words were exchanged in the car park between two groups. Cooper, pictured bottom, was given 23 months’ jail, with Bleasby, pictured top, given 26 months. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police/National World)
A vile burglar who was locked up for breaking into commercial premises and defecated on the floor as a “calling card” has had his sentence extended after admitting to a further break-in. Damien Allen Robinson targeted a home in broad daylight and stole valuables, money and a credit card. He was jailed for an extra six months. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)
A former Leeds prison officer who recruited disillusioned white men to a racist organisation “masquerading” as a sports club. Self-confessed neo-Nazi Ashley Podsiad-Sharp, 42, was found guilty of possessing terrorist material after being caught with a “white supremacist murder manual”. Podsiad-Sharp, who lives in the Barnsley area, was jailed for 13 years. (Photo: Google Maps/National World)
A woman who tried to end her relationship with her volatile boyfriend feared she would die after he strangled her and told her she would never see her daughter again. Liam Hyde tightened his grip around her neck during the lengthy attack in her home, in which he repeatedly kicked and punched her around the face. He was jailed for 29 months. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)
A criminal gang’s drug farm capable of generating more than £1 million of profit a year was uncovered during a house raid in a leafy area of Leeds. Minh Lu, a Vietnamese illegal immigrant, was the only occupant at the Shadwell property and was arrested. He was jailed for 40 months. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)
A criminal gang’s drug farm capable of generating more than £1 million of profit a year was uncovered during a house raid in a leafy area of Leeds. Minh Lu, a Vietnamese illegal immigrant, was the only occupant at the Shadwell property and was arrested. He was jailed for 40 months. (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)
Cannabis gardener Feruz Borigi, 35, tried to flee through the front door of a house as officers tried to break in through a reinforced back door. But the homeless Albanian immigrant only got about 10 metres from the Wakefield property when he was detained, and 250 plants were found. He was jailed for 12 months. (Photo: Google/National World)
Cannabis gardener Feruz Borigi, 35, tried to flee through the front door of a house as officers tried to break in through a reinforced back door. But the homeless Albanian immigrant only got about 10 metres from the Wakefield property when he was detained, and 250 plants were found. He was jailed for 12 months. (Photo: Google/National World)
The known drug dealer was found to have more than £47,000 worth of cannabis stashed around his parents’ home in Roundhay following a raid. More than 4.7kg of the drug was located inside the property on Hollin Park Crescent following the police bust, along with a bag full of grip-seal dealer bags, scales and a dealer “tick list”. Hollin was jailed for 10 months. (Photo: Google/National World)
A nuisance caller who ignored a ban to prevent him phoning the emergency services continued to dial 999 before threatening to kill his neighbour and the man’s dog. 54-year-old Mark Lee, of Fartown Lane, Pudsey, was given a five-year criminal behaviour order (CBO) in May of this year because of his persistent calls to West Yorkshire Police, but he continued the calls. He was jailed for 10 months.