Men hid stolen lead in dunes

TWO SKEGNESS men stole lead from a house under construction and hid it in sand dunes, Skegness Magistrates have heard.

Jonathan David Carter, 26, and Thomas Hallgarth, 19, both of Gibson Place, admitted burglary from a house at Drummond Road and theft of scrap metal, between May 1 and 4.

In addition, Hallgarth pleaded guilty to stealing copper cable by finding on May 25 and possessing cannabis on the same day.

Prosecuting, Miss Marie Stace said the house in Drummond Road was under construction and had no doors or windows.

She said a member of the public saw two men acting suspiciously in the sand dunes at Seacroft Esplanade and took the registration number of their vehicle and reported it to the police who went to the owner’s home.

When the car turned up, the owner told them he had been helping out two men to move some scrap metal.

Later, Hallgarth was arrested and had some copper wire and cannabis in his possession.

When Carter went to the police station to provide him with a bail address, he was recognised as the other man and arrested.

They told police they saw the lead on the site and went to take it and then saw more lead inside the building so took it all to the sand dunes opposite the house to collect later.

Mitigating, Mr Gary Farmer said the two men were friends and had seen lead trimmings at the building site and thought it was scrap so had taken it.

While there they saw more lead inside the house and took that as well.

He said Hallgarth had found the copper wire discarded on a bonfire in a field and the cannabis was for his personal use.

After standing the case down for a probation report, magistrates sentenced both men to 12 month community orders and in addition Carter was ordered to carry out 100 hours and Hallgarth 150 hours of unpaid work for the community.

Both were also ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs.