Gang of thugs stole HEARSE from a funeral directors

Gang of thugs steal a HEARSE from funeral directors before crashing into car at high-speed then attacking driver in bizarre road rage attack

  • Three men and a woman stole a hearse in Nottinghamshire in October 2018
  • The thieves lost control of the black limo and crashed into another car head on 
  • The gang then left the vehicle and attacked the driver of the other car 

Members of a gang who stole a hearse, crashed it head-first into another car and then attacked its driver in a bizarre road rage spat have been sentenced.

Dayle Deville and Alexia Kelly both appeared at Nottingham Crown Court last Wednesday for their part in a theft of a limo in Gedling in October 2018.

After stealing the limo, Deville and Kelly, accompanied by two others, lost control of it while crossing a bridge in the Nottinghamshire village and hit an oncoming car head on.

The stolen heare smashed ‘straight into the front’ of another driver while speeding through Gedling, Nottinghamshire, in October 2018

The driver of the other car suffered a broken nose and facial fractures after the hearse thieves attacked him 

Following the crash, the gang attacked the driver of the other car, leaving him with a broken nose, facial fractures and bruising. 

The court was told in a statement from the driver how he had been left in ‘total disbelief’ when he saw a hearse speeding towards him.

He said: ‘I was on Lambley Lane driving towards the bridge when the dark-coloured hearse appeared.

‘I initially saw the headlights as they were coming over the bridge.

‘It was travelling at high speed and this part of the road is a 30mph zone. It was travelling much faster than 30mph.

‘The hearse lost control as it was coming over the bridge, crossed the road on to my side and smashed straight into the front of me. I was in total disbelief.’  

Undertakers had to rearrange a number of appointments and had to replace the vehicle due to the damage caused by the crash.

Deville, 24, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and aggravated vehicle taking and was jailed for 40 months last Wednesday. He was also given a 32 month driving ban. 

Kelly, 20, of St Ann’s, Nottingham, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and was given a 15-month community order, with 30 hours’ unpaid work. 

Two other men who have already pleaded guilty to charges of actual bodily harm and aggravated vehicle taking, will be sentenced on June 3.

They are Jack Jones, 20, of St Ann’s, and Steven Lambley, 22, of Mapperley, Notts., who has also pleaded guilty to additional charges of robbery and theft.

Nottinghamshire Police said in a related case, Colin Lambley, 21, of Nottingham, and Amy McCarten, 18, of Arnold, Notts., pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and fraud.

They will be sentenced on June 19.

Detective Constable Rich Kinsey, of West Bridgford CID, said: ‘Over a period of two months at the end of 2018, this gang of six individuals targeted the residents of Carlton and Gedling, with offences spanning robbery, assault, theft, fraud, handling stolen goods and even stealing a hearse from a funeral home.

‘After a detailed and complex investigation involving a number of officers and specialist departments, we are pleased with the outcome of this hearing and hope that the victims of these crimes can take some comfort from the sentences received and are able to put their ordeals behind them and move on.’

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