A man was sentenced to 8 months in jail following a conviction in a bingo robbery case. The man was convicted of stealing almost £25,000 from bingo halls to pay for his trip to Amsterdam. Originally, the man was given a suspended sentence but has now breached his agreement and will be serving out his sentence in jail. Twenty-one year old Leon Jones was told by Recorder Michael Smith that he had come close to facing jail when his co-defendant, Liam Knights, was sentenced to 15 months in a young offender facility in June of last year. Jones of Keighley and Knights, a treasurer at Gala Leisure, pleaded guilty to stealing the money on March 13th, 2011.
The Bingo Theft Case
Jones and Knightly told the court that they spent their stolen money on cannabis and hotels in Amsterdam. When they returned to the United Kingdom, they were arrested at the airport and were completely out of money. Jones was originally given a suspended 18 month sentence with supervision and 100 hours of work with no pay. However, Jones ended up back in the Bradford Crown Court and was sentenced to breaching the conditions of his suspended sentence. Jones pleaded guilty to punching another man, failure to comply with his unpaid work and supervision and failure to appear in court. Prosecutor Claire Larton said that the victim of the assault suffered a cut on his check and a bloody nose after Jones attacked him. Jones claimed that the attack was in retaliation because he had been attacked by that man before. This was the third breach by Jones of his suspended sentence and he will now be finishing his time in a juvenile detention center.
Bingo School Supply Drive
Bingo players are ready to be part of the Silver Springs Senior Center Bingo School Supply Drive. This bingo fundraiser will benefit the students at the Silver Stage Elementary School. During the months of August, residents and seniors are invited to participate in the bingo event every Wednesday night. Participants who bring $2.50 in school supplies will receive 10 games at half the price. Players are not required to bring school supplies but players who do not will have to pay the regular buy-in price. The last bingo game resulted in the donation of a number of school supplies including erasers, pencils, crayons, paper, scissors, glue sticks and notebooks. The Silver Springs Senior Center will take all of the items the elementary school at the end of August.
The Silver Springs Senior Center Thrift Store also has many back to school clothes for teens and children. The store is selling light jackets and sweatshirts and winter clothing will be put on the racks in 2 weeks. Additionally, the Senior Center is celebrating their 5th Anniversary at the new building by raffling a handmade quilt that features pictures of people and activities at the center. The quilt was made by A Stitch of Country and Golden Needles. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the senior center and the winner of the raffle will be announced at the Senior Picnic.