Community orders handed down to BT cable thieves

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TWO teenagers found in possession of BT cabling stolen from Brookenby admitted theft when they appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court last Tuesday, March 27.

Aaron Lee Sherer, 19, of Kent Road, Brookenby and Stephen Andrew William Knights, 19, of Kelstern, Louth, admitted stealing the cabling on October 14 last year.

In addition, Sherer admitted stealing cabling on October 13 and possession of a knuckleduster.

The court was told the cabling had been stolen from Horncastle, but when the two were found in possession of it, there was no evidence they had stolen it from there.

In mitigation, Gary Farmer said Sherer had found the cabling on Brookenby Airfield and thought it was scrap, so he took it and sold it to a scrap metal dealer for £900.

The next day, he took Knights with him to the same location to take more cabling to the dealer but they were stopped by police while still in possession of it.

Mr Farmer said neither man was responsible for taking the cabling out of the ground or cutting it up and did not have the equipment to do so.

Mr Farmer added that the knuckleduster found in Sherer’s car had been thrown there some months before by someone and he had completely forgotten about it.

Sherer was given a 12-month community order, ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £85 in costs.

Knights was given a similar order and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work for the community and pay £85 in costs.

l Sherer and Knights were arrested when police set up three road blocks around Horncastle on October 14 in a bid to stop vehicles suspected of carrying stolen scrap.

The day of action was part of Operation Brompton – a campaign by Lincolnshire Police to combat scrap metal crime.

Horncastle Police led the day of action which included staff from the Ministry of defence police, the British Transport Police, the Vehicle and operator Services Agency (VoSA) and the environment Agency.

Sherer and Knights were arrested at the A158 junction with Sherman’s Wath at Edlington after police spotted yards of heavy duty electrical cabling containing copper wiring in the boot of the Subaru Forester they were travelling in.

The pair were on their way to a Horncastle scrap dealer.

Instead, the teenagers found themselves being questioned at Skegness Police Station where they were later released on bail.

The vehicle was seized for forensic testing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the cabling was taken away by police for investigation,