Manhole thief caught in Cheddar

Thief stole covers to pay rent. Motorcyclists and cyclists at severe risk

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Thu, 03/02/2011 - 09:46

A 22-year old man who was caught stealing manhole and drain covers in Cheddar, has been given a community order.

Daniel Summers was caught by police at 2am, with around 20 drain covers in the back of his van. Summers said he stole the covers to sell as scrap because he and his girlfriend were behind on rent.

Summers pleaded guilty to theft, driving while disqualified and without insurance and two counts of failing to surrender to custody.

Bristol Crown Court was told that when a district judge - who was a motorcyclist - heard about the crime, he remanded Summers in custody.

The court heard that, as well as the obvious lethal danger to cyclists and motorcyclists, the thefts necessitated emergency drain covers to be installed at a cost of £450.

Paul Cook, mitigating, said his client had been remanded in custody for a fortnight and that this provided him with a taste of imprisonment for what he had done.

Mr Cook also said that Summers was slowing down in his offending and growing up.

The recorder Mr Belben handed Summers a community order involving 18 months' supervision, a Thinking Skills Programme for up to 30 days and a 12-month driving ban.

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