Keighley Shopping Centre Security Struggle Leaves Guard Injured

Michael Reilley, age 48, a rampaging thief armed with secateurs and a kitchen knife in Keighley Shopping Centre has injured a Security Guard, Crown Court heard.

Caught carrying bladed weapons while attempting to steal two bottles of Persil, Reilley was banned from the Shopping Centre in Keighley but was back a week later, and threatening staff with a broken scissor blade.

Reilley has pleaded guilty to possession of the blades on May 2nd and theft on April 25th.

Once caught attempting to steal from the shopping centre, Reilley was escorted out by Security Guards but began struggling, pulling one of them to the ground. When reinforcements arrived, Reilley took the opportunity to draw a pair of secateurs. A knife was also found up his right sleeve. One of the Security Staff sustained a cut to the palm of his hand, having him in need of vaccination and blood testing.

He had 48 previous convictions, including ones for being in possession of bladed articles and offensive weapons.

Reilley’s barrister, Abigail Langford has stated that he has been in custody since May and had serious mental health issues which were on made worse by drug use.

Reilley has been sentenced to a 12-month community order with a nine-month rehabilitation requirement.