Inmate stole female warder’s underwear

Red Bank Community Home, Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows
Red Bank Community Home, Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows
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A teenager broke into part of a notorious youth detention unit in St Helens and stole women’s underwear from staff, a court has heard.

Macauley Stephens, 18, was not required to enter a plea when he appeared at St Helens Magistrates’ Court on the bizarre charge as the case was sent straight to Liverpool Crown Court.

Prosecutor Angela Blackmore detailed the allegation against Stephens to JPs.

She told how he was accused of sneaking into the staff sleeping quarters of Red Bank Community Home on Winwick Road, Newton, via a window on May 2 before stealing an item of womens underwear worth £3 - which belonged to a member of Red Bank staff.

Ms Blackmore argued that the allegation amounted to burglary of a dwelling.

Stephens was being detained at Red Bank when he broke into the staff quarters.

Dave Achilles, defending Stephens, admitted: “I don’t know whether it counts as burglary of a dwelling or not. It’s better argued before the crown court.”

Stephens is set to appear before Liverpool Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on June 18.

Red Bank, which was since closed after changes in its funding, once housed Jon Venables, one of the killers of Liverpool toddler Jamie Bulger.