Globe trotting criminal jailed for six and-a-half years after botched burglary (From The Northern Echo)
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Ian Ord wore a 'police stab' vest and pointed an imitation firearm at shocked residents during the burglary in Stanley
A GLOBE-TROTTING criminal who had previously fled to Colombia on a false passport took part in a bungled house burglary while wearing a 'police' stab vest and waving an imitation sub-machine gun.
Ian Ord shouted “armed police” as he entered the property and then as he made off pointed the weapon at startled residents who had gathered at the scene.
Teesside Crown Court heard how 37-year-old Ord, who had gone with two accomplices to the house in Stanley, County Durham, had been told there was drugs money stashed in a loft and the property was empty.
But the homeowner was in and having smashed the living room window with a hammer, Ord and another man Jonathan Fleming, did an about-turn and sped off in a car driven by fellow co-accused Jonathon Barker.
Prosecutor John Gillette said residents at first believed it was a legitimate police raid especially as Ord was dressed as a police officer and had a stab vest on with the word 'police' on the back of it.
Barker later took the vehicle to a car wash at Gateshead's Metro Centre, which Mr Gillette said was an attempt to interfere with any forensic evidence.
Ord, formerly of Harford Street, Middlesbrough, who was jailed for six and-a-half years, was out on bail when the burglary happened on March 28 this year.
Mr Gillette said he had previously been arrested upon arrival back in the UK in May 2012 having been extradited from Cyprus from where he was living.
Ord had been subject to warrant for his arrest, but using a fake passport he had fled to Colombia.
Ord eventually returned to the UK via Germany, Italy and latterly Cyprus, where he spent time in jail after being found in possession of another false passport.
He had a lengthy criminal record consisting of 92 offences and had been jailed for three and-a-half years in 1996 for possessing a replica semi-automatic pistol and threatening police with it.
Shaven-headed Ord admitted aggravated burglary, making an untrue statement for the purposes of obtaining a passport and possessing criminal property.
His co-accused, 21-year-old Fleming, of Staintondale Avenue, Redcar, was said by his barrister Peter Makepeace to be “very compliant and easily led” and it was agreed that he was unaware of what was to happen until he was in the vehicle with Ord. He also admitted aggravated burglary.
Barker, 19, of Blackthorn Close, Redcar, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender. Duncan Malarkey, mitigating, said he had naively become involved and deeply regretted it.
Judge George Moorhouse jailed Fleming for four years and gave Barker a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Ashton, of Durham Police, said: “Ian Ord is a dangerous and unpredictable criminal whose reckless actions had the potential to put members of the community in danger.
“We would wish to reassure the public that incidents such as the one we saw in Stanley that day are very rare.”