A FAMILY is at war after a father and son blamed each other for stealing thousands of pounds of antiques from an elderly woman.
Keith Blaydes and his 23-year-old son, Simon Blaydes, sat as far apart as they could in the dock at Doncaster Crown Court and did not speak to each other when they left court after being sentenced for the house raid.
The two men both pleaded guilty to the burglary at Ada Smith’s house in Edlington Lane, Edlington, last April while she was residing in a nursing home.
Simon Blaydes and his partner, Jessica Walker, 20, lived two doors away and were aware Mrs Smith was not living there.
When Keith Blaydes, 49, came to stay with them for a weekend he was spotted by neighbours peering through the window and then coming out of the house carrying drawers.
Another neighbour later saw five men removing other property.
When the house was checked a fridge freezer was missing along with a large quantity of silverware and Wedgwood pottery belonging to Mrs Smith, who has since died, said Kath Goddard, prosecuting.
“Items were thrown around and the house had been ransacked so the police were called.
“When they went into Walker’s kitchen they found the fridge-freezer and she told them to look in a bedroom where they found three black bags containing 72 items of Wedgwood.”
When Blaydes snr, of Oliver Street, Mexborough, was arrested he claimed his son had been told by the council he could clear the house so he offered to help him.
But Guy Wyatt, barrister for Blaydes jnr, said he was of previous good character and offered himself as a prosecution witness by giving a signed statement against his father.
Blaydes snr was sentenced to ten months jail, suspended for two years, with 100 hours of unpaid community work.
His son was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community work.
Walker, who is pregnant, received a conditional discharge for handling stolen goods.