Man, 24, stole lead to sell for scrap

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN stole more than £4,000 of lead from 25 buildings around Blackpool.

Stefan Taylor, 24, pleaded guilty to the theft of £400 of lead at the resort’s magistrates’ court yesterday, and asked for 24 other offences of either taking lead or attempting to take lead between February 17 and March 12 to be considered.

He was sentenced to 84 days in prison, suspended for 12 months. He must spend 36 hours at an attendance centre and pay £250 compensation.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Taylor, of no fixed address, took lead from roofs and windows and traded it as scrap for money. Sometimes he would be disturbed as he tried to steal lead.

When Taylor was caught for one offence he confessed 24 other offences to police and asked for them to be taken into consideration.

Taylor’s defence said at the time he had no benefits and nowhere to live. He used the money he got to feed himself and pay people who put him up.

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